Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Join the Guardian Angels, become a Citizen On Patrol (COP), or be an “Advocate” for our City of Lake Worth.

Always remember, “No tip is too small.”
Have a tip? Contact Crime Stoppers, stay anonymous, and claim a reward.

There are so many ways to get involved and help stop crime in your neighborhood.

Besides the COP program (see below) in the City of Lake Worth, there are many other ways to help:

  • Become an Advocate in the “First Appearance” program: Prostitution, disorderly conduct, and petty street crime, “is not victimless” . . . “the community is the victim.”
  • Be a “Guardian Angel” wearing the iconic red beret. Call 561-582-7755, 954-881-7068, or use this link.
  • Contact the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC) for postcards in English, Spanish and Creole for distribution in the neighborhood. Email:

Citizen On Patrol (COP) program:

COPs do not become involved in a situation or even try to stop a crime in progress — they are more “eyes and ears” on the street and report to law enforcement what they see and hear.

After a crime getting in front of the TV cameras or getting mentioned in the newspaper to complain isn’t helping in any meaningful way.

But it does help sell newspapers and keeps viewers watching TV after 11:00.

The focus needs to be more on prevention and getting tips to PBSO. The fast news cycle and reporters will be on to other things in short order and you’ll be forgotten soon enough. Remember Thomas Altman? His murder was a sensational week-long story in the press until the next headline-grabbing story came along.

Despite all the press interviews with people after that murder and all the attention that crime received it still remains unsolved. But it’s possible someone knew something prior to Altman’s murder and could have tipped off PBSO. But we’ll never know now.

Use this link to a news story on the City’s website about the COP program. Would strongly suggest this as a way to help your neighborhood if you have persistent issues with crime.

And also remember this:
To become a Citizen On Patrol call 561-433-2003.