Good neighborhoods start with good neighbors. That is why many Moody residents made their way to Moody City Hall recently for the first of many neighborhood watch and community policing sessions initiated by the Moody Police Department.

Chief of Police Bobby Breed and Captain David Higgins headed the session aimed at forming a partnership between residents and those who work to protect and serve. Breed said his main focus in the partnership is to continue to make sure Moody is a great place to live, work, play and raise children. He said the strategy is to keep crime down by providing security and improving quality of life for all. He added that although the police department is already doing the right things to protect the citizens of Moody it would take 200 officers to adequately watch everything. “We have to depend on the community too,” he said. “Just one more person can make a difference.”

Higgins, who was appointed to head up the program, said that the initiative marks a “new day for the police department.” Higgins said the Community Policing Division would address neighborhood watch, but also crime prevention, an elder check plan, a child identification plan and a way of assessing the police department. It will also make crime statistics for the city available monthly online at www.moodyalabama.gov and will provide resources and tools for citizens to allow the program to be successful. The program will also not only address residential needs, but businesses will also have a chance to participate. All programs, including child fingerprinting and the elder check program Vile of Life, will be offered to the public free of charge.

Higgins has already begun creating districts and plans on identifying a captain from each community and district that will serve as a liaison between neighborhoods and leaders and he said he plans on having regular meetings.

“This is a work in progress,” Higgins said. “We are excited. We have to rise to challenge and we plan on meeting and exceeding expectations. Sometimes meetings like this can sound like gloom and doom, but we have to be prepared. None of us want that day to come. There is a lot to be said for peace of mind.”

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