Morrow giving Neighborhood Watch another shot

Kickoff meeting is Thursday

MORROW — There have been attempts in the past to launch a Morrow Neighborhood Watch group with staying power, but they weren’t successful. They started up, carried on for a little while and eventually fizzled out.

Police Chief Chris Leighty hopes residents will end that track record with a new effort being launched this week.

Leighty recently announced a new citywide neighborhood watch group has been formed to let citizens play a greater crime fighting role in their city. It will kick off with a meeting Thursday, at 6 p.m., at the Morrow Police Headquarters, 6311-A Murphy Drive.

Leighty said the city has tried a few times in the past to get a neighborhood watch group organized, but they did not enjoy sustained community support. However, he added there have been a couple of residents who have been pushing for its return. This is the first effort since he was hired as chief a year and a half ago.

Morrow officials stressed they need residents to participate in the group and take ownership of it for it to be successful this time.