The Shawnee Police Department is holding its monthly Citywide Neighborhood Watch community meeting 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center auditorium.


The Shawnee Police Department is holding its monthly Citywide Neighborhood Watch community meeting 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center auditorium. The meeting’s purpose is to encourage local participation and to expand the Neighborhood Watch programs by increasing awareness.
The program will focus on the Sentinel police volunteer program. Its purpose is to enhance police services provided to residents of Shawnee. This program is not designed to replace staff with volunteers, but is aimed at supplementary and complementary roles. The Sentinel program proposes that volunteers, when afforded appropriate training, can supplement services and be valuable members of the services delivery system of the city of Shawnee Police Department, said Dan Shumaker, community relations officer.
The Sentinel program’s goal is to benefit the residents of Shawnee by providing them with an enhanced program of police services without additional cost. The benefit to the city of Shawnee Police Department is a supplemental work force.
The program also will benefit the volunteer by providing an opportunity to participate in the operation of the police department.
The Shawnee Police Department facilitates these monthly meetings to provide a public forum for residents and the Shawnee Police Department. Neighborhood Watch works on the premise that home and residential security responsibilities are shared by law enforcement and residents.