Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is starting a new crime prevention program, and has selected a Sheriff’s Posse member with 35 years of law enforcement experience to head the program.
Rex Morgan, who recently retired as a lieutenant with Sulphur Springs Police Department, volunteered to head the program. In addition to being a master peace officer, Morgan is also a crime prevention specialist. He will be working under Lt. Henry Turner.
Morgan will also be assisted by his wife Linda, who retired from the K-Mart Corporation as a crime prevention and financial security specialist assigned to the Texas region.
When Morgan first started working in the area, he worked with an officer at the sheriff’s office on crime prevention. The joint effort resulted in 53 Neighborhood Watch Programs in Sulphur Springs and 13 in other neighborhoods in Hopkins County. As the years wore on, however, the number of programs declined; now they’ve pretty well died out. Re-establishing the Neighborhood Watch programs in the county is one of the areas Morgan will be tackling.
He encourages anyone interested in learning about or starting a Neighborhood Watch program to contact him. Morgan will help get the program set up in the community and offer training, usually presenting a one-hour program about Neighborhood Watch. Captains are designated to head each neighborhood program, and regular meetings are set up as best suits participants to keep them informed on ways they can protect themselves and their neighborhood. Each community would be responsible for the $36 cost to put up signs in strategic locations; otherwise, the training and service is free.
Morgan will also be teaching a “Safe and Secure: Crime Prevention Awareness Program.” Members of the Sheriff’s Posse will make presentations wherever requested in Hopkins County. Topics include include identity theft, scams, home security, personal safety for adults and children, and Internet child safety. The programs generally are 20 to 45 minutes in length, but can be shorter or longer as requested.
Some materials are being provided by L.A.W. Publications in Addison and Jiffy Signs Co.
Anyone interested in learning more about starting a Neighborhood Watch program, the “Safe and Secure: Crime Prevention Awareness Program” or other crime prevention topics can call Rex Morgan at 903-438-4058. If he is unavailable, leave a message and contact number so he can call back.
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