Police Chief Roy McClurkin thanked the west end community’s crime watch organization last week for the work they had been doing. The group met to discuss their plans for the future along with hearing updates from the Newberry Police Department.

McClurkin said it was the department’s goal to encourage other communities to do the same and invest in their neighborhoods.

“I hope that you’ve seen that we’ve still been in the area and will continue to be as much as we can,” he said.

The police department would soon be doing their Memorial Day safety checkpoints, McClurkin said and they planned to be in the west end area over the course of the weekend along with other areas of town.

The department’s directive patrols in the area, the community agreed had been effective in deterring some of the activity that they had seen in the past.

McClurkin thanked the community for starting to come forward as he said he had been receiving more calls from the area to inform the department when things may be going on which he said was key to residents taking back their neighborhoods.

As a reminder, McClurkin shared one of the department’s newer initiatives of the CodeRED Emergency Notification System. While the City of Newberry has been using this system for a little over one year, the police department had been using a system called, Nixle.

Under the CodeRED platform, the police department has text messaging, email and phone call capabilities to reach residents.

McClurkin told the community that when signing up for CodeRED, they would have the ability to sign up for the types of notifications and messages that they were interested in by creating a managed account. With a joint agreement with several entities, Newberry County residents can choose to receive messages from the Newberry Police Department as well as the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Newberry County Emergency Management Services, the school district and more.

Those interested can register on the homepage of the City of Newberry’s website (www.cityofnewberry.com).

“This is very beneficial and the more people we can get involved, the better,” McClurkin said. “We’d like to have every citizen registered.”

The next community meeting hosted by the Newberry Police Department will be in September, with the time, date and location to be announced closer to the event.