Waste Managment partners with police to fight crime

FOX 23 | December 16, 2010
By Kristin Lowman

Area law enforcement have announced the launch of a new program, where Waste Management will help to prevent crime. Their drivers in Albany and Rensselaer Counties are now trained to observe and report to local law enforcement and first responders.

Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff says, "The more eyes and ears we have out there the safer we make our public."

A hundred employees have already gone through the training to spot suspicious situations, crashes, or fires.

But not everyone is sold on the idea, "I think it's a good idea," said Donnie Harmon of Albany.

Others think the more help, the better, "I think possibly a good idea if it's done correctly," said Tony Manfredi of Albany.

Alison Lester, a St. Rose students says, "They seem to know the area pretty well."

And that's what police are counting on.

Ken Bevis, the District Manager for Waste Management of Eastern New York says, "Anything out of ordinary. They are on these routes every day. They are used to seeing normal situations and able to recognize a not normal situation."

Drivers are out on Capital Region roads more than 6,000 hours a month. Many of those hours are during prime crime hours, early morning or when people are at work. Police are hoping employees can now not only keep our streets clean, but help to keep them clear of crime.

Waste Watch is in place in more than 100 communities nationwide. The Capital Region is the first region in New York state to host the program. For more information visit http://www.wm.com or call 518-463-4433.