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      Block Watch volunteers recognized at annual picnic

      Block Watch volunteers were treated to a picnic in the park on Saturday, as a thank you from the Toledo community.

      Members of the Toledo Police Department and the Toledo Police Honor Guard joined city and county officials at the 24th annual event in Ottawa Park.

      â??This is a way the city is paying back the community for all the hard work these Block Watches do throughout the year,â?? said Lon Shaver, Chairman of Toledo Neighborhood Block Watch. He added, â??Block Watch is a way to bring the community together, not only for the strength of criminal activity, but itâ??s beautifying our neighborhoods.â??

      Block Watch members enjoyed free food, drinks and entertainment. Everyone also received a free t-shirt.

      The Toledo Neighborhood Block Watch mission is â??A community partnership involving neighborhood volunteers, law enforcement, and other community services. The program serves to make neighborhoods safer and more wholesome.â??

      For more information on how you can become involved in the Block Watch, contact the Central District Station Community Service Officer at (419) 936- 3850 or Scott Park District Station Community Service Officer at (419) 936-3811.