SARTELL -- Crime affects us all one way or another and local authorities want you to know there's a way you can help.

The Sartell Police Department will be holding an informational meeting tomorrow (Thursday) regarding their Neighborhood Watch program.

Sartell Community Service Officer Amber Molitor says the community-based crime prevention program is a way residents can help protect the community.

"The people in the community are our eyes and ears, so we just want to reach out to them and get to know who is in the community and let them know we are people they can reach out to for help," says Molitor.

The program teaches you how to be alert and aware of what's happening in your neighborhood and how to report suspicious and criminal activity to police.

"We'll be teaching them ways to get good information to pass to us, and if their is crime in their neighborhood, how we as law enforcement can reach out to them and let them know what's going on," says Molitor.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Sartell Police Department at 310 2nd Street South in Sartell.

If you can't make the meeting and are interested in participating in the program, Molitor says to stop by the police department.