Millsap credits Community Watch program with decrease in Eldridge crime

Eldridge Community Watch

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Some members of the Eldridge Community Watch pose for a picture with Sheriff David Millsap and Deputy Roger Sherrer. According to the sheriff, the crime rate in Eldridge has dropped since the implementation of the watch program.


Sometimes it takes a whole community to lower crime. That is the conclusion reached by Sheriff David Millsap after he watched crime drop in the Eldridge area thanks to the first ever Eldridge Community Watch.

January’s crime rate showed the need for the program. “At the first of the year, we had several burglaries in the Eldridge area, and we were able to bring together in our first meeting almost 60 people from the Eldridge area to talk about what was going on in Eldridge and out of that we were able to start our very first community watch program,” Millsap said.

“It combines the ideas of neighborhood watch with citizens on patrol where they go out on patrol looking for suspicious activity, and it’s been very successful in its implementation. We’re hoping we will be able to follow up with several other communities in the area.”

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