Trail Watch Program Active for Ninth Straight Year

By Jonathan Cooper | jcooper@kq2.com

Published 05/12 2014 01:44PM

Updated 05/13 2014 07:52AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The Trail Watch Program under the St. Joseph Police Department is active once again, a sure sign of warmer weather.

The program, which provides volunteers to oversee the trails around town, is in its ninth year.

Volunteers look for suspicious activity, provide water when its hot out and pick up trash.

The Police Department started the program after a series of attacks several years ago.

Sgt. Greg Gilpin, the program coordinator, said it gives joggers a peace of mind.

"We didn't want the trails to get the reputation of a very unsafe place to be and they are expanding," he said. They keep growing every year and there is more area to cover, we want people to feel safe out there and that's what the volunteers do."

Gilpin said he has some volunteers that have now logged 500 hours with the program.

Volunteers will be out monitoring the trails when people are on it as weather allows.

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