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Neighbourhood crime prevention project to be launched

"Project Footprint" will be launched Thursday at McKellar Park Central School.

THUNDER BAY — The Thunder Bay Police Zone Watch program is set to launch a new neighbourhood-focused crime prevention component.

Zone Watch was established about five years ago.

It's a secure, online community-based policing platform aimed at helping police evaluate criminal activity in different parts of the city.

Citizen volunteers who participate in the program undergo criminal record checks and enrol in a training course called the Zone Watch Academy, where they learn about the Thunder Bay Police Service, regulations governing policing, and provincial and criminal offences.

This Thursday, Zone Watch will launch Project Footprint.

Details won't be released until then, but the announcement will be made at McKellar Park Central School on North Archibald Street.

An advisory to media states that "During the next six months, the program will host a number of community engagement activities in the specific, targeted neighbourhood."

Elements of Project Footprint are expected to be rolled out throughout the summer.