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The Wheat Ridge Police Department launched a new program last year called National Dog Walker Watch designed for dog walkers to help deter crime in their neighborhoods. The next Dog Walker Watch training class is planned for Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the department, 7500 W. 29th Ave. The free class is open to Wheat Ridge residents and dogs must be licensed.

Dog Walker Watch encourages these neighbors to assist local law enforcement as extra eyes and ears while out walking their dog. The program enhances the partnership between police and community while providing resources so neighbors can be more aware and learn how to effectively observe and report suspicious activity.

Space is limited. Pet guardians/owners can register for the WRPD Dog Walker Watch training class at