PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam said Alabama State Troopers and Mobile County deputies are helping Prichard Police Officers patrol the city.
Ephriam said he reached out to both state and local agencies to help patrol crime "hot spots" during strategic times.
"They said we've been waiting to hear from you and are glad to be there," said Ephriam.
Ephriam is also asking citizens to join a neighborhood watch program called "adopt a block".
The program aims to train citizens on how to keep a watchful eye on the community and help law enforcement find criminals.
"This program has already proven that if we can pull ourselves together and get organized, we have a strong opportunity to not only prevent crime," said Ephriam.
The mayor said he is looking for about 35-40 people to volunteer and become a neighborhood captain. If you are interested call city hall at (251) 457-2643.
Meantime, some residents doubt the program will make a difference, citing police response times.
"If they wanted somebody like me to help, the police would come when we call," said Dianna Alston.
Prichard is financially strapped and the police department is understaffed.
Ephriam believes "adopt-a-block" could be a game changer for the city.
"This program has already proven that if we can pull ourselves together get organized we have a strong opportunity to not only prevent crime, but to reduce crime," said Ephriam.
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