The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office is looking to recruit residents for its Neighborhood Watch program.

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office is looking to recruit residents for its Neighborhood Watch program.

Capt. Tom Johnson of the Sheriff's Office said the program encourages neighbors to look out for each other and report suspicious activity to authorities.

"No one knows your neighborhood like you," he said.

Johnson coordinates the program for the Sheriff's Office.

He said the Neighborhood Watch program can help prevent crimes such as burglary and theft.

Neighborhood Watch is not a new program for the Sheriff's Office. But officials are looking to increase the participation.

Johnson said the Sheriff's Office coordinates the program for unincorporated areas of the county. The Sheriff's Office also coordinates the program for the cities of Easton and Linwood, which do not have their own police departments. Neighborhood watch signs will be posted in areas where residents participate in the program.

The Sheriff's Office program follows the national model for Neighborhood Watch.

Once a group of neighbors are interested in participating in the program, the Sheriff's Office can arrange to have deputies meet with the group.

"We can actually go out and do training for them," Johnson said.

He said members of the Sheriff's Office will review what type of things to look to help prevent crime. Deputies also can offer tips to the residents for protecting their homes against burglars.

Johnson said Neighborhood Watch is an observation program, and participants are discouraged from doing things that could put themselves in danger.

"It doesn't give you authority to stop anyone," he said of the program.

People who are interested in the Neighborhood Watch program can contact Johnson at 913-758-4006 or tjohnson@leavenworthcounty.org.

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