The Palmer Police Department will host a meeting Wednesday night for people interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch program.

Palmer already has several neighborhoods participating; there’s also an Airport Watch as well.

PPD Chief Lance Ketterling said officers hope local stores will begin a Business Watch too.

“What we really want to do is increase safety and increase a feeling of well-being and community and decrease fear of crime, accurate reporting to police departments. What it’s not designed to do is become a vigilante group that takes the law into its own hands,” Ketterling said.

The meeting will give people information about how to start a program in their area and the most effective ways to keep the watch going.

Ketterling said the program can be effective at deterring crime if people stay vigilant.

“We definitely encourage face-to-face meetings rather than social groups or online and social media. It’s not that those don’t help but we’ve found the ones where people who sit down and get to know each other as a community work the best,” he said.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Palmer Train Depot.

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