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Neighborhood watch groups sprouting up after officer's death

MANCHESTER, N.H. Two weeks after a Manchester (New Hampshire) police officer was killed on patrol, neighborhood watch groups are springing up across the city.

With reports of gun shots and street violence running high, police have been calling on Manchester city residents since this summer to get active against neighborhood crime.

But interest was sluggish until officer Michael Briggs was shot October 16th in an inner city neighborhood.

Since then, officer Dana Langton, the department's neighborhood watch liaison, says he's received ten calls from people asking about setting up new watch groups. One of the new groups is based at the same inner city address near where Briggs was shot.

Langton says Briggs' death also has jump-started several existing groups that have been dormant for a while. He says there are 14 neighborhood watch groups in the city.


Information from: New Hampshire Union Leader,

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