Dog Walker Watch Program Comes to Bermuda Dunes
BERMUDA DUNES – A new crime awareness program to train people walking their dogs to effectively observe and report suspicious activity to local law enforcement is coming to the Bermuda Dunes community.
The Dog Walker Watch program, which has spread to more than 900 communities across the country, will launch at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Bermuda Dunes Country Club parking lot.
Donna Hubenthal, a Bermuda Dunes resident and member of the Bermuda Dunes Community Council, organized the program with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
“There are dozens of animal lovers walking their dogs at all times of the day, every day of the week, in Bermuda Dunes,” said Donna Hubenthal. “These walkers can be an extremely valuable resource for our local sheriff’s department, so we hope to train them to become more aware and less hesitant to report suspicious activity.”
Supervisor John J. Benoit, a resident of Bermuda Dunes, will kick-off Thursday’s event. The Sheriff’s Department will hold a one-hour training session to teach citizens how to become more aware and alert while they are out on their normal walks. Deputies will teach residents how to effectively report suspicious activity to 9-1-1 using their cell phones.
People are invited to bring their dogs as long as they are on a leash. Coffee and cookies will be provided, as well as treats and water for the dogs.
“From my experience in law enforcement, I have found that many crimes are detected and solved thanks to a citizen picking up the phone and calling the police,” said Supervisor Benoit. “I trust that this program will spread throughout the Coachella Valley, and will be an invaluable tool to help fight crime and keep neighborhoods safe.”
Bermuda Dunes residents interested in participating in Bermuda Dunes Dog Walker Watch should contact Donna Hubenthal at 760-772-9053.
Dog Walker Watch is an initiative sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). According to NATW, there are approximately 75 million dog walkers in the country. People interested in organizing Dog Walker Watch programs in their area can call 610-649-7055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.