Waste Watch program initiated in Indian River County
1:59 PM, Oct 9, 2013
6:45 PM, Oct 9, 2013
Their job is to clean up streets, and now they're helping police "clean up the streets" as well.
Waste Management announced a partnership Wednesday morning with Indian River County law enforcement.
The 26 drivers who serve the county have been trained as part of the "Waste Watch" program. Waste haulers will act as extra eyes in the neighborhoods they serve.
"Their drivers realize that they're not law enforcement for us. They're witnesses for us. We need a good witness for any type of crime we might have. We don't want any vigilante efforts. We just want a strong witness and that makes our cases stronger," Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said.
Waste Management says it's important to note that drivers are trained to report suspicious activity and not act on it.
A similar program started in Palm Beach County in May.