By Jessie R. Box
Greene Publishing, Inc.
At the City Commissioner meeting on Tuesday, June 10, City of Madison Police Chief Gary Calhoun brought a Community Awareness Program to the Commissioners with the goal of the community becoming more involved in preventing crime in Madison County.
Chief Calhoun’s awareness program includes Crime Stoppers, where citizens can give tips to the police department and he also wants to help neighborhoods that are interested in setting up Neighborhood Watch. Commissioner Ina Thompson mentioned looking into grants to purchase signs for the neighborhoods choosing to participate in Neighborhood Watch.
Chief Calhoun also plans to set up an email blast system to alert community members of crimes occurring in neighborhoods. This email system will be for any community member who wants to receive these alerts. According to Chief Calhoun, the email blast system will not be operational for at least a month and also wanted residents to be aware that if they sign up, their email will become public record.