Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Mayfair: Northeast Philadelphia Town Watch Groups Form Dog Walker Watch Program
For months, residents and leaders of Mayfair and other communities in Northeast Philadelphia have been fighting for a split of the 15th Police District. Mayfair residents, like John Farrell (right), expressed their concern about the lack of police in the area. Instead of a split, the district received 30 new police officers. In the absence of police presence, frustrated residents decided it was time to take matters into their own hands. The Mayfair Town Watch was organized to help deter criminal activity in the neighborhood.
Anna Stacey (above), now president of the organization, was part of the initial group of neighbors to form the Mayfair Town Watch. She says she has already seen some improvements in the community with the addition of the offers. But thinks it is still important that the Town Watch remain active and visible.
The most recent initiative to get residents involved is the Dog Walker Watch program.
“Aside from having certified members of Town Watch, we wanted to come up with something that would get people involved on a different level,” said Stacey.