VALLEJO (KCBS) – The popularity of the Neighborhood Watch program has grown steadily amid police layoffs.

There are now 100 neighborhood watch groups around Vallejo, compared to just 10 in the summer of 2009, said Tony Pearsall, executive director of Fighting Back Partnership, a non-profit that uses grant money to train the groups.

KCBS Margie Shafer Reporting:

“There’s less officers on patrol, so people want to know what they can do to protect themselves, and how they can help each other,” he said.

A year before the city declared bankruptcy, the Vallejo Police Department employed 146 sworn officers. Now there are 95, and the city’s K-9 and SWAT units were temporarily suspended at the end of the summer.

Residents said they welcomed the increased vigilance of the neighborhood groups, and participants said they were proud of having averted break-ins.

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Comments (9)
  1. marilyn peters says:

    Years ago, I was with Hillsborough Police Dept as Reserve Sgt. Is there any chance that Vallejo PD can impliment a Reserve Dept. to back up their regular officers until Vallejo gets back on our feet again financially?
    M. Peters

  2. Jenny says:

    There are actually only 89 officer left with three more possibly leaving for Napa Police

  3. Donald says:

    Marilyn that would be “implement”. Just sayin’

    1. Gary says:

      Donald: I guess I was under the mistaken impression that the comments were to be germane to the posted article, not a constructive criticism of syntactic or spelling errors. But as we are going that course it should be pointed out to you that you end a sentence with a period, not with an apostrophize, even when you’re contraction a word.

  4. Sherry says:

    The spell check police never rest.

  5. whathappened says:

    Why not creat citizen police Give me a badge and a gun and i will go SF or Oakland and play tourtist when the punks try to rob or kill me I will try to kill them first. It is the only answer

  6. Donald says:

    Nice try Gary. What community college did you attend???? LOL!! Laney?

    “…not with an apostrophize”?

    “…even when you’re contraction a word…”?

    LOL you make this too easy bud.

  7. Pat says:

    Vallejo complains about the overtime of the police force but they are not rehiring. For the citizens of Vallejo, “Do you want to start supporting the police force who protect you?” Or, do you want to support the politicians that tell you, “We are trying to what is best for you. Don’t worry it will be alright.”

  8. B says:

    Thanks to all the police officers who remain in the city, and I wish only the best for others who have had to go elsewhere. Vallejo’s citizens appreciate that police officers put their lives on the line for the citizenry on a daily basis and we are humbled and honored by your service. I sincerely hope that the community can rally to find a way to let these brave folks know how much they are appreciated without breaking the public coffers of a bankrupt town. Peace to all–we’re all in this together.

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