Neighborhood Watch Program

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Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer. Neighborhood Watch is sponsored by the National Sheriff's Association and the National Crime Prevention Council.

Sponsored by the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), Neighborhood Watch can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Neighborhood Watch was developed in response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries.

For the initial Neighborhood Watch program training, we ask that you give us at least 2 weeks' notice to schedule your class and that you guarantee at least 10 households will be represented at the training.

Neighborhood Watch street signs in neighborhoods will be put up and removed based on the following criteria:

  • To be considered an active Crime Watch/Neighborhood Watch program, a neighborhood must attend an initial training through the police department, where at least 7 to 10 residences in that subdivision are represented by their adult occupant(s). After the initial training, the subdivision must hold at least 2 block captain meetings and 2 community meetings which the police department is invited and made aware of the meeting before they are granted permission to post any signs indicating that they are involved in a Crime Watch Program.
  • Additionally, if a subdivision fails to meet with its community and block captains for a period exceeding 6 to 12 months, the police department reserves the right to remove any signs indicating that the subdivision is part of a crime watch program.