Join, Or Lose, Buckingham Watch

Published 2:58 pm Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Editor, The Herald:

In 2006, a different Sheriff Dept. at the time, a Buckingham Neighborhood Watch was organized in Buckingham County, because the Sheriff's Dept. was short on officers and patrol cars to cover the fullness of the county.

Being the largest county in area in the state of Virginia these men saw a need to support the Sheriff's Dept. As we journey, 2012 will mark our sixth year. In the hope of bringing people together in Buckingham, our goals were to build our organization by the means of monetary donations and each house, one member; each community, one captain, designed to build an unseen army to support the Buckingham Sheriff's Dept., to help by reporting all law-breakers in the county.

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Since 2006 complaints have not changed. With all our prayers and pleading for the churches, residents and places of business to join the cause there has been very little membership and small donations; 85 percent have chosen not to join our effort to support law enforcement. So as of March 19 we will meet 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Hall on Route 60. It could be the last meeting because of lack of support.

Also, we need to put up Neighborhood Watch signs throughout the county, $35 for a sign and pole. Members and money are badly needed.

Thank You,

Deacon George Perkins, Fork Union Baptist Church

Deacon Charles Leftwich, St. Joy Baptist Church

Rev. Calvin Booker, pastor, Slate River Baptist Church