Town Watch

 

  • President: Jim DeProphetis
  • Vice-President: Jim Bowden
  • Treasurer Lynn: McMonagle
  • Finance Coordinator: Betty Kelley
  • Public Relations Officer: John Wilwert Jr.
  • Police Sponsor: Chief Randy McGoldrick
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The Brookhaven Town Watch organization was started by a handful of residents back in the summer of 1995. In those days we used our CB radios for communication and set up our base location in a member's home. We did manage to cover most of the borough but had problems with some areas because of the various types of terrain. We established communication procedures, logs, reports and guidelines for our members. Our members are required to go through a training period along with background checks performed by the police department. All of these items are reviewed and approved by the Chief of Police.

Our job as Town Watch members is to be an extra set of eyes and ears for our police department. We do not get involved in any situation, our job is to observe and report. When we see a reportable incident we notify police and stay out of their way and only assist them if requested to do so.

Over the past years we have found open doors at both resident and business locations, performed security checks of our businesses, assisted in the apprehension (identified) an individual who assaulted a police officer, worked security and traffic control at borough youth dances and school functions. We hold fundraisers and put most of the money back into the town by sponsoring many youth functions such as baseball, softball, basketball and other borough activities. Since we started we have had many improvements in both our equipment and base locations.

The borough council purchased radio equipment and provided a room at our new Borough Hall for use as our base location. Town Watch purchased an FCC frequency and license. We now have our own radio frequency, which allows us to cover the entire borough no matter what the terrain. Having our own radio equipment is the one element which provides better performance, a safer town, and offers the greatest safety for our members, and member safety is always our greatest concern. 

Town Watch will see members on walking patrols along Edgmont Avenue, more daytime patrol on weekends, and more interactions with our residents. We now have 25 members and could use more. Anyone interested in seeing what we are about firsthand can contact John Wilwert Jr. at 874-2557 X10 (Borough Hall)