The city of Phoenix is encouraging more residents to get involved in protecting their neighborhoods with the Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol program, or PNP. This program allows residents to become more actively involved as partners in crime prevention.

The next class is Feb. 7 and 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Phoenix Fire Station, 1660 W. Dobbins Road, and March 10, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Mountain View Precinct, 2075 E. Maryland Ave.

For more information on the program visit, http://phoenix.gov/police/ppd_pnp.html, or contact Sheree Lee, community programs officer for the South Mountain Precinct, at (602) 534-6545 or at sheree.lee@phoenix.gov to reserve a spot.

The next Tukee Talk with South Mountain Precinct officers is Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. The police department will also be doing VIN etching on Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ahwatukee Target, 4734 E. Ray Road. VIN etching helps police identify vehicles if they get stolen.

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