Battle Ground police to add Neighbors on Watch program

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The Battle Ground Police Department is joining with the Clark County Sheriff's Office to bring a volunteer citizen's patrol program to Battle Ground.

Neighbors on Watch will begin Dec. 1 in Battle Ground. Volunteers assist police through observation, education and awareness to improve quality of life.

Volunteers attend a seven-week, 27-hour training academy through the Vancouver Police Department, where they learn to observe and report crime. They do not issue citations or make arrests. In Battle Ground, volunteers will patrol parks as well as shopping center parking lots during the holiday season.

Volunteers must be U.S. citizens, be able to volunteer at least four hours each month, wear the provided uniform when they volunteer and use their own vehicle.

For more information or to apply as a NOW volunteer, contact Denise Valtierra at 360-397-2211, ext. 3303, or by email at denise.valtierra@clark.wa.gov.