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Trash collectors to help spot crimes

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Employees of Waste Management, Nevada County's refuse collection provider, will help local law enforcment agencies keep an eye on the neighborhoods they serve ­­— according to a partnership announced Monday.

The community safety and crime watch — called WasteWatch — will have Waste Management drivers will act as additional eyes and ears in the Grass Valley, Nevada City and Nevada County area neighborhoods.

"We welcome the extra eyes and ears in our neighborhoods," said Jeff Powell, an operations captain with the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, in a statement.

"Waste Management drivers provide services in our community on a daily basis, giving them a strong familiarity with the area. We are glad to be working with them," Powell said.

This neighborhood watch program helps protect residents, homes and businesses, and provides local police, fire and emergency services with a crew of alert, trained drivers who patrol local neighborhoods every day, Waste Management said in the announcement.

"Waste Management prides itself on being an active community partner, and the WasteWatch program gives us the opportunity to give back to the communities we serve," said Steve Cameron, district manager for Waste Management of Nevada County, in a statement. "The right information at the right time can help halt or prevent crime before it occurs in our community."

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Waste Management's corporate security personnel worked with law enforcement officers from Grass Valley Monday, Nevada City and Nevada County to educate and train the company's drivers on the WasteWatch program.

After completing the training, and passing a written exam, WasteWatch Certified Drivers have the tools and training necessary to help spot and report suspicious activity in our communities, the announcement indicated.

For more information on WasteWatch, contact Justin Caporusso at (775) 335-9705 or

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