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Volunteer Spotlight: North Carolina Retiree Goes the Extra Mile

Affable, with a friendly wave for passersby, Walt Thomas is a man on a mission. From atop his John Deere tractor, Thomas patrols the streets in and around his Woodridge neighborhood, looking out for suspicious activity and lending a helping hand to everyone who asks. Weekday mornings and afternoons, he guards the school bus stops to ensure the children stay safe from predators and to remind motorists to drive slowly. While on his patrol route, Thomas routinely picks up trash and mows the lawn for older and incapacitated residents. A trained CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteer, Thomas carries life-saving supplies aboard his tractor, which is emblazoned with the Woodridge Community Watch and CERT logos. In addition to his local crime prevention efforts, Thomas serves as a board member of the North Carolina Community Watch Association, helping the organization promote awareness and provide crime prevention training

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Supporting Articles

‘ECHO Keeps Evelyn City Neighorhood Beautiful -Once a month, volunteers roll up their sleeves and perform yard work on vacant homes” by Raene Boston, posted May 8, 2011.

“In Bibb City, an effort to make a neighborhood greener and cleaner” by Jim Mustian, posted May 9, 2011.

“Sheriff’s Specialist Works to Stop Crime Before It Starts” by Rom Rosebuck, posted May 9, 2011.

“National Sheriffs’ Association Announces 2011 Award Recipents for Neighborhood Watch Awards of Excellence”

Nominate an Everyday Hero for the Citizens Medal — President Obama is asking for nominations for the 2011 Citizens Medal, our nation’s second-highest civilian honor. If you know someone who has performed exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs, be sure to nominate him or her before May 30, 2011!!   Learn more about this recognition and how to submit.

New Business Watch Manual!! UOW in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance has released this resources to help citizens, community businesses, and law enforcement on how to build a Business Watch. Modeled after Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch takes the “neighbors looking out for neighbors” concept to the commercial level, creating a partnership between business, law enforcement, and other organizations that represent business interests. The Business Watch philosophy is straightforward—Take control of what happens in your business community and lessen your chances of becoming a victim.

Your Guide To The Disaster Recovery Process –The tornadoes in the south left many survivors wondering how to put their lives back in order – and what to do first. To review the steps survivors need to follow to receive assistance, click here.

Disaster Training Opportunities Available to the Public— The Community Preparedness Webinar Series, Citizen Corps, FEMA, invited a number of organizations to participate in a Webinar that focused on what training is offered to the Public throughout the nation. A copy of the webinar is available for you to access to learn about what training you might be able to take advantage of, click here.

May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month to learn more about the efforts around the U.S. visit NOYS’s website.

CSC 2011 Registration is Now Open! — Celebrate Safe Communities is crime prevention done the right way—law enforcement and other government agencies working with residents to prevent and reduce crime and be prepared for any emergency.

Upcoming Events:

June 20, 2011: May 17-18: Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Training St.Louis, MO – Registration Info

August 8-11, 2011: Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, TX and hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

October 3-5, 2011: National Triad Conference held in conjunction with the 15th Annual Illinois Triad Conference in Tinley Park, IL.

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