Volunteering to keep us safe

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Last July, the Los Lunas Police Department established the Citizen Patrol —  a group of village residents who are willing to help officers with a few extra eyes and ears.


Those involved in the Citizen Patrol are Frank Davis, Timothy Naylor, Gene Sanchez, James Taylor and Larry Wyant. These five men have devoted their time to make a difference in their community. And by establishing this new program, the village and police department are  making sure that community involvement is more than cleaning up trash.
These residents should be proud of what they are doing. They are giving their time to make sure that fellow residents are safe. With a used Chevy Impala, these volunteers take turns patrolling the neighborhoods of the village of Los Lunas.
Along with being extra eyes and ears for the police department, they are a comfort to their neighbors and the business community. For all this, we praise them for what they’ve done and what they’re trying to accomplish.
The Los Lunas Citizen Patrol isn’t a new concept. For years, volunteers in the village of Bosque Farms have been doing the same thing. The volunteers, most of whom are retired, take turns checking on neighbors and making sure that everything is OK in their community.
These groups don’t do what they do for praise, but they sure deserve it. This is what community volunteering is all about — it’s about giving of your time when you don’t have that much, and it’s about caring about what is happening in your community and doing something about it.
These volunteers have a vested interest in making sure that the village is safe. This is where they live, where they’re raising their children and where they plan to live out the rest of their lives.
They are all good examples of what we can do to help. While many don’t have the time to be part of a citizen patrol, we can do our part by looking out for our neighbors and reporting suspicious activity.