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26 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 Comcast state police partner  Show 'em you m crime solving program on TV LOVE 'em... Through a partnership with cember 1997. that airing information about it ._...' 6ellm llHlrel8 comcast, Delaware State Police "Every place where we have may result in tips from the public THE KNITTY GRITTY 24o Rehoboth Ave. 226-0500 Tues. - Sat. 11-4 launched its first episode of Com- cast Classified TV's (CCTV) "Colcast Neighborhood Crime Watch" on Feb. 27. The show is part of Comcast Cablevision's na- tional effort to assist police in solving crimes. According to Rebecca Jones, manager of new business develop- ment at Comcast, the program was initiated in Detroit in August 1997 and expanded to 11 other markets since then. Lt. Rick Chamberlin, Delaware State Police spokesman, said re- suits from the Detroit project im- pressed state police. "It led to a lot of apprehensions of wanted persons and clearance of many crimes," he said. In fact, said Joyce, Detroit documented 12 ap- prehensions from the 20 profiles it has aired since the program's in- ception. "When they did it in Detroit and got such good response, we said 'let's do it everywhere,' " said Joyce. "We really want to bring something back to the communi- ties." "We usually profile four to six people per week," said Joyce, "and people feel very comfortable calling in and giving tips." She said other markets have shown equal success to that in the Detroit market: Tuscaloosa, Ala., - 16 captures and 10 surrenders since September 1997; Gadsden, Ala. - 21 captures since November 1997; and Indianapolis - 13 cap- started this, it has been successful, and we've even had peo- ple turn them- selves in be- cause they saw them- selves on TV," said Joyce. "It's com- pletely free to CHAMBERLIN us," said Chamberlin. Because the pro- gram is a community partnership, community businesses work with Comcast to sponsor the segments. Chamberlin said state police will not only profile most wanted criminals, missing persons and unsolved crimes; it will also pro- vide special police-related presen- tations. This week, for example, Cpl. Lewis Briggs, a detective from Troop 4, will tape a short segment on appropriately using 911. "And Troop 7 might, for example, do a segment on shoplifting," said Chamberlin. The state police is also developing a list of"cold cas- es" to profile. Chamberlin said troopers are now working on de- veloping a segment that will fea- ture Elva Poore's unsolved homi- cide. The body of Poore, who was last seen about five years ago in Ocean City, Md., was discovered in Odessa shortly after her disap- pearance. The case was never Rehoboth Volunteer Fire Company continues fire prevention activities Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company reports an active Fire Prevention Year in 1997. The members of the company's fire prevention committee presented 35 community programs in 1997. The types of programs presented included Fire Safety Information Packet Distribution, Safety Speeches, Fire Station Tours and Rides and displays at community events. The committee estimated that it met with and/or distributed information to 3,500 adults and 4,200 children and handed out 3,500 coloring/activity books and 10,700 information brochures. Programs were presented to the Rehoboth Elementary School, Re- hoboth Coop Preschool, Epworth Preschool, Rehoboth Day Care, Sussex Family YMCA and the Rehoboth Beach VFW. Topics of the programs included who the firefighter is and what he does, smoke and carbon dioxide detec- tor operation, storm safety, 911 for children and general fire safe- ty. The largest Fire Prevention program for the committee was its fifth annual Fire Safety Day at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand on Oct. 5. In addition to the fire prevention and safety programs it presented to the public in 1997, the commit- tee attended one other important fire safety event. On Oct. 3, 1997, Gov. Carper ahd the State Fire Prevention Committee hosted the First Annual Governor's Fire Safety Conference in Dover. At this event the First Annual Ed- ward C. McCormick Memorial Awards for Excellence in Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Educa- tion were presented. The Re- hoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company's Fire Prevention Com- mittee, composed of members Leonard C. Tylecki and Dawn M. Lynch, was presented with the First Place award for Fire Compa- nies. Any individual or organization that would like to have a commit- tee member make a safety presen- tation to their group or that would like to receive fire safety informa- tion on a specific topic is asked to contact Leonard Tylecki or Dawn Lynch at 227-8950, Ext. 5. that could help them solve the crime, Chamberlin said. He said another advantage to the system Comcast has devised is that it is possible to make daily updates if Someone is apprehend- ed. He said the program system also allows the police to update missing persons information. The show airs on CCTV for 10 minutes, beginning 15 minutes be- fore each hour. In most areas, CCTV is on Channel 4. Chamber- lin said segments run 12, 15 or 30 seconds and each week, state po- lice will also include a special pre- sentation. Comcast launched the program in 12 of its 35 CCTV markets na- tionwide, said Joyce. The compa- ny is cross-promoting the program through local cable connections on such network stations as CNN, ESPN, Nashville Network and others. To generate interest and pro- mote the program, Comcast plans to extend the programs to those markets, nationwide, where police departments express interest in forming partnerships. t:::X::! EARLY CAMP SIGN-UP! summer kid's camps Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Session 1: June 22 - 26, Session 2: July 6 - 10 Session 3: August 3 - 7 $225 per week Bring a bag lunch, snack & extra drinks, towel & swimsuit. Call for more details! 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