New police program asks cab drivers to be "neighborhood watchdogs"

Cab drivers part of new police program

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau Police department launched a new community partnership on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

The partnership is called Watch on Wheels and that it's the first of its kind here in Missouri.

Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority drivers will act as neighborhood watch dogs and report suspicious activity to police.

CTA has more than 60 employees and most of them spend their day driving around town and that's why police want their help.

"It's just another set of eyes and ears for us out here in the city. CTA covers the same amount of area or more than we do so what better way to help the community out by having more eyes out there helping us fight crime," said Lt. Brad Smith.

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Tom Mogelnicki is the executive director of CTA, he said the most important thing for his drivers to remember is all they should do is call.

"We're stressing to the drivers don't get involved if you see something drive off and go down a block or two and call in either dispatcher or 9-1-1 and report what you see," said Mogelnicki.

All of the employees went through training to learn what and how to report.

"We're teaching them how to be great reporters on suspicious activities showing what's suspicious and what is not also showing what a crime is, what constitutes as a serious crime which would be a 9-1-1 call or just a regular call for service," said Lt. Smith.

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