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Sunnyside police want citizens to form more block watch groups

The Sunnyside Police Department believes in the positive impact of block watch groups and is working toward the goal of establishing more of them.

Currently there are about 13 neighborhoods with block watches and police are looking for citizens willing to form one in their own neighborhood.

Police believe it is a way to help family members, neighborhoods and the community.

A block watch, say police officials, can be tailored to the neighborhood in which it is formed.

"We would love the opportunity to meet with you (citizens) and discuss what your neighborhood's needs are," said Officer Melissa Rivas, who works with neighborhood watch groups.

To find out how to organize a block watch group and to meet with Rivas, call 836-6200 or email mrivas@ci.sunnyside.wa.us.

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