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Springfield Neighborhood Watch training session is Oct. 2

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A billboard reminds motorists to lock up.

A billboard reminds motorists to lock up.

The Springfield Police Department will be conducting a Neighborhood Watch training session on Thursday, Oct. 2. The session will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield.

Lisa Cox, public affairs officer, says the Neighborhood Watch program has been a tremendous success within the Springfield community and has made a significant difference with the participating Neighborhood Watch groups. The training focuses on crime prevention, observation and reporting skills, Operation Identification, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

The training sessions are provided to the citizens of Springfield free of charge. Those interested should register by contacting the SPD Crime Prevention Unit at 417-874-2113 or by submitting a registration form online. Seating is limited.

For more information, contact Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer by e-mail at LCox@springfieldmo.gov, or call her at 864-1786.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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