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(March 30, 2017) 

A partnership between Omaha Police and the city's trash collection contractor is aimed at keeping Omaha neighborhoods safe.

Waste Management drivers trained this week to assist police and first responders by reporting suspicious activity and potential emergencies. "This program is like a neighborhood watch program, as our drivers are in these communities every day," said Waste Management Senior District Manager Justin Vetsch.  "Waste Management drivers may stop at as many as 140,000 homes a week in Omaha."

Omaha Police officers trained Waste Management operations teams and security groups. Drivers learned the best ways to report and communicate potential threats directly to police.

"It's great to have more eyes and ears out in our community focused on awareness and sharing information with the Omaha Police Department to make our city even safer," said Omaha Police Captain Mike McGee. "We encourage all citizens to follow the example of Waste Management and report suspicious activity to police."

"We sincerely appreciate the Omaha Police staff for taking personal interest in this program and sharing their in-depth knowledge in law enforcement and public safety with our drivers," said Vetsch. "Upon completing this training, Waste Management's drivers are now able to assist authorities if they see anything out of the ordinary on their routes."

Waste Management developed Waste Watch in 2004 and has expanded the program to more than 270 communities.

Waste Management is the City of Omaha's contractor for solid waste collection.

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