CHIBA -- Dog walkers in this prefecture will soon be on the lookout for suspicious people in a bid to protect local children after an agreement was reached between Chiba Prefectural Police and the Chiba Veterinary Medical Association on June 12.
Animal hospitals that belong to the organization will ask dog owners to conduct safety patrols based on information on suspicious people released by police. This is the first initiative of its kind in Japan, according to the prefectural police.
A ceremony to mark the signing of the agreement was held on June 12 at the headquarters of the Chiba Prefectural Police in the city of Chiba. Commenting on the pact, Kazuo Nobusawa, head of the police's community safety department, said, "This will be a good activity rooted in the local community."
(Japanese original by Buntaro Saito, Chiba Bureau)