Despite what we've been reading about the police situation in Salineville, we are encouraged by recent action from a group of village citizens.
Although still unofficial in name, this selection of residents have banned together to form a neighborhood watch.
We support the existence.
The formation is in response to what is being reported as a rise in burglaries throughout the village in recent months. It will include many faces from Salineville, including former law enforcement officers.
"Now more than ever, since there's not the police protection, we as citizens need to start taking a stand and saying 'I care,' not just caring about ourselves, but caring about everybody," June Raffle, one of the organizers behind the formation, told village council.
Salineville Police Department
For their part, village council members approved the purchase of 20 signs that will be posted through the village, reading "We immediately report all suspicious activity to our police department."
Members of the fledgling crime watch group also volunteered to install the signs, while others offered to pay for posts on which to mount the signs.
That shows us that these residents - giving of their time and money - are serious about what they perceive as a major problem in their village.
It also shows us the promise of a community, although now seemingly in shambles due to the resignation - just this week - of its police chief and another longtime officer.
The willingness of its citizenry to police its own community - albeit by the power of information (a phone call to authorities) and not by force -is something all of us need to improve upon.