I just got off the phone with Moni Hoy. He’s the community mobilization program manager for Safe Streets. We were chatting about the neighborhood patrol academy, which began last year and has seen more than 200 people graduate from six sessions.
The model they want other neighborhood groups to emulate is that of the Stewart Heights patrol, which began in 2003.
"We saw how effective the Stewart Heights citizens’ patrol was. The impact it had on the neighborhood was just tremendous, and we saw it as an opportunity to extend the block watch program into a citizen patrol program and be effective."
The ultimate goal is to expand the program, he said. Seven citizen groups patrol now, and they hope to double that by the end of the year.
"We believe it’s the future of Tacoma. We want citizen patrol groups in just about every block-watch neighborhood group we have in Tacoma."