WRPD Dog Walker Watch Program

The Wheat Ridge Police Department (WRPD) has launched a new program called Dog Walker Watch.

 

According to the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA, there are more than 75 million dog owners across the nation. Dozens, if not hundreds, of neighbors are walking their dog throughout the community at all times of the day, all days of the week, in all weather conditions. The Wheat Ridge program is modeled after the National Dog Walker Watch program that encourages neighbors to assist local law enforcement as extra eyes and ears while out walking their dog. The program enhances the partnership between police and community while providing resources so neighbors can be more aware and learn how to effectively observe and report suspicious activity.

“This is a great way for residents and their four-legged friends to help local law enforcement on their daily walks through the community,” said Wheat Ridge Police Officer and Program Coordinator John Bowman. “Participants in the Dog Walker Watch program are trained to identify suspicious behavior like seeing someone attempting to open car doors along neighborhood streets, someone trespassing behind building/houses or cars driving around with their lights off after dark and know they should make a call to 911 or our non-emergency line.”


Maggie the dog in her DWW scarf

The one-hour training class is designed to help increase awareness of suspicious behavior or activity and determine what should be reported to police. Dog guardians/owners who attend training (dogs can stay home) are presented with a certificate signed by WRPD Chief Brennan along with a special Honorary WRPD K-9 neckerchief for their four-legged companion to wear as they “patrol” the neighborhood on their daily walks.

Pet guardians/owners: Register for the next class on August 7 from 6-7 p.m. at 7500 W. 29th Ave on the 2nd floor. Please leave your four-legged friend at home. Sign up for the class at: www.ci.wheatridge.co.us/wrpddogwatch