MIllersport Community Watch volunteers are expected to begin patrols by the end of June. Police Chief Mark Consolo organized the program earlier this year, starting with just four volunteers. Volunteers now total 10, but Consolo hopes to reach 20. The volunteers received 40 hours of training including first aid and CPR from the Millersport Fire Department, radio protocol and the law enforcement computer system, policies and procedures and ethics. Each volunteer must first clear a background check. Two-person teams will initially just patrol within the village’s corporation limits. Consolo has been asked to expand the coverage area to all of Walnut Township. More volunteers will be needed for that expansion. The objective is to add two sets of eyes and to supplement the police department’s coverage. Each team will have a radio, reporting to the county dispatch center. From left to right above are Consolo, Watch Commander Doug Hallam, Watch Captain Mark Thogmartin and Watch coordinator Police Officer Sanford. Some of the training has been provided by the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. Consolo said Sheriff Dave Phalen and Lt. Tim Voris have been very helpful. “I think we have a great group and will make an impact on the crime rate,” Consolo told The Beacon. Former council president and now County Commissioner Dave Levacy donated the vehicle to the program. The village is picking up any other costs. Consolo thanked Mayor Dean Severance and council members for their support. More volunteers are being sought and minimum commitments are not required. Call the village office at 467-2333 or the police department at 929-6105 for more information. Beacon photo by Charles Prince.
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