Sheriff's Office hosts public forum
By PHILIP SAYBLACK
Monday, March 20, 2017
The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office will hold a public meeting Monday night with Princeville residents interested in starting community watch groups for their neighborhoods.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Edgecombe County Administration Building auditorium and will be led by Maj. Alan Moseley, Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy.
Moseley stressed the meeting will be an informal, informative session. He said the intent is to let residents voice their thoughts on developing community watch groups and to ask questions about the concept and other concerns they might have.
Talks about holding the meeting started early this month. Moseley said the Sheriff’s Office has held smaller meetings in the past, adding Monday will be the first large-scale community watch meeting that the Sheriff’s Office has called. He said the reaction to the proposed meeting has been what the Sheriff’s Office had hoped for.
“People’s reaction to the meeting has been positive,” Moseley said. “Some people have said they’d be there. Others who couldn’t be there have asked for information about community watch groups so they would be informed, too.”
Moseley said holding the meeting is important because it serves as a way for the Sheriff’s Office to build bonds with Princeville residents and to create information about what he called a communication network between deputies and residents. He said developing that network is crucial because currently, much of the information that the Sheriff’s Office receives is second- and third-hand information.
“It’s like a spider web,” Moseley said of the need for community watch groups. “If you have those groups and people trusting you, the information has a better chance of getting to you first-hand.”
He said another intent of the meeting is to empower Princeville residents.
“We’ll be there to advise residents,” Moseley said. “We want residents to know that these watch groups will be run by them.”
Moseley said that along with empowering residents, he hopes people will walk away from the meeting feeling that they can trust the Sheriff’s Office even more than ever.
More information on the meeting is available at http://www.facebook.com/EdgecombeSO.