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Sandy Bluff residents gather to aid local law enforcement, learn more about how to respond to crime

COURTESY PHOTO - Police Chief Ernie Roberts says public involvement is important in fighting modernday crime. With "quality of life" crimes, such as theft, growing more prevalent in Sandy, community members have taken it upon themselves to keep an eye on their neighborhoods.

And the Sandy Police Department is happy to assist with that effort.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, Sgt. Sean Lundry and Chief Ernie Roberts will host a public forum for the Sandy Bluff Neighborhood Watch at Sandy Bluff Dog Park, 36801 Goldenrain St.

Lundry describes the Sandy Bluff group as pioneering the civilian effort in Sandy, and says the community's help came at a great time.

"We're hoping to use this as a model," Roberts said. "We're really excited to get this started. It's hard to do police work in this day and age without the public's help."

Lundry added that from similar action in other cities, he's seen crime rates decrease when the public is actively involved in aiding the local law enforcement.

"The more people that are watching, calling things in, the more likely we're going to be able to push that kind of behavior out of our community," Lundry explained.

The event on Aug. 23 is meant to educate existing neighborhood watch members and other interested parties on the types of crimes occurring and how best to prevent and address them.

"I think we're going to get a bit of an education as well as to what the needs of our community are," Lundry said. "We want to promote that education and awareness. We have another avenue of reaching our citizens and working with our citizens."

Roberts and Lundry added that the best way for citizens to help combat crime in Sandy is by reporting crimes directly to the police department by calling dispatch at 503-655-8211.

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