Center PD Chief encourages people to join Neighborhood Watch


Photos by Mechel Meek Center Police Department Police Chief Dale Meek visits with people during the monthly Coffee with the Chief in June. A portion of the Coffee with the Chief in Center was dedicated to Center Police Department’s K9 program.

CENTER — The Chief of Center Police held his monthly Coffee with the Chief at Center Town Hall in June. 

After drinks and doughnuts were served, the atmosphere was relaxed, and an informal update was given by Chief Dale Meek. He spoke at length regarding the state of crime in Center and the steps that the Center Police Department has taken to combat crime in the town, including the Center PD K9 program.

Many people in Center have expressed that they feel drugs and drug-related crimes are the most damaging crime within the city and should be a priority for the Center PD.

Meek also invited members of the community to join the Neighborhood Watch Program. This program is currently about 60 members and allows people to help the police focus by reporting what, where and how crimes are occurring. 

Chief Meek said, “Our citizens are our best resource to combat crime.”

He stressed that the Police cannot stop crime if it is not reported and asked the community of Center to take part in helping to make the community a safer place to live and work.

Contact the Center Police Department to join the Neighborhood Watch or to report crimes.

The next Coffee with the Chief will be held in Town Hall on Friday, July 9, starting at 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Chief Meek is expected to discuss the Center Police Use of Force Policy, Supreme Court case law governing officer use of force, and two officers will be “tased” in a demonstration of the effectiveness of the less-lethal tool.