Crime Watch

Crime Watch to honor volunteers, cops at annual dinner


Special to The Miami Herald

This week I want share with you information about our 38th Annual Awards Ceremony, which will be Oct. 4, at the Doubletree Hotel & Miami Airport Convention Center.

This year we are proud to announce our keynote speaker will be Miami-Dade Police Director J.D. Patterson, and our master of ceremonies will be Brian Andrews, investigative reporter/weekend anchor WFOR-TV Miami.

We are very grateful to County Commission Jose “Pepe” Diaz, who is our honorary chairman, for supporting our event and our programs.

This event is very special because it gives us the opportunity to recognize the many residents in our community who are associated with our Neighborhood Watch programs across the county who are helping to make a serious difference in the reduction of crime. They are truly the “eyes and ears” of our local law enforcement.

We also recognize the police officers that work hand in hand with these crime watchers to better serve our community. This past year we have seen untimely deaths of residents including children through random violence; squatters in foreclosed homes; these neighborhood resource officers have truly made a difference by working close with the neighborhoods.

According to authorities, our crime rate is down, which is good. But many of the aforementioned issues can be prevented if people work together. Therefore our theme for this year is “Partnership is the Key to our Success”. Yes, we can all make a difference by working with our police, elected officials and residents. Our crime watchers are trained to look for certain actions, certain irregularities and most of all trained in calling the police, the one thing that most people don’t do! As I have said many times “police officers do not have mental telepathy,” so you have to make that call!

We are also very pleased that several of our elected officials have stepped up to the plate and are sponsoring tables for many of the crime watchers to attend.

Last year we had over 600 people in attendance, and it was a great evening for new crime watchers as well as older groups in getting to know each other. For those that would like to assist us in this event, you can visit our web site: Hope to see many of you there!

Carmen Caldwell is executive director of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade. Send feedback and news for this column to, or call her at 305-470-1670.

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