Sanford Police: Revamped neighborhood watch program one year after fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin

Restricting volunteers from carrying firearms

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- The Sanford Police Department is rolling out a revamped neighborhood watch program more than a year after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Revisions include restricting volunteers from carrying firearms and from pursuing suspects.

Zimmerman was acquitted of a second-degree murder charge in July. During his trial, evidence was presented that he followed Martin before the two fought and the teen was killed in February 2012.

Police spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly says participation in the program dwindled after the shooting. She says the city's new Police Chief Cecil Smith made changes when he took over and is taking control of the program.

The revisions will be outlined during a Nov. 5 community meeting.

Cordingly says the program will not go active until all volunteers are trained.
 

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