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Posted on: October 25, 2018

Roanoke Police Launch New Community-Based Paw Watch Program

Roanoke, VA - The Roanoke Police Department is rolling out a new neighborhood watch program called Paw Watch. Inspired by National Night Out's Dog Walker Watch program, Paw Watch is designed to increase a community member's situational awareness. The program has helped reduce criminal activity in neighborhoods across the country by encouraging dog walkers to be extra eyes and ears in the community. Paw Watch participants are told what to look for when identifying suspicious activity in their neighborhoods and, if they see something suspicious, are encouraged to report it to the Roanoke Police. No training is provided to the dogs. 

To celebrate the program launch, the City is hosting its first Paw Watch Dog Party on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 5:00 p.m. in the Highland Park dog park, followed by a community meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Alexander Gish House, located at 641 Walnut Ave. SW.

For more information, please contact the Roanoke Police at or 540-853-5440.


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