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How to Start a Neighborhood Watch

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  • How to Start a Neighborhood Watch

    Step One: Call local police department and ask for either Neighborhood Watch officer or Community Service officer.

    Step Two: Do an informal canvassing of your neighborhood to see how many are interested. My police department requires that 51% of the selected area desire a Neighborhood Watch program. This canvass is informal and no petition is required.

    Step Three: Schedule the first meeting. At this meeting the Neighborhood Watch officer will come and make a presentation with literature and a video. The Neighborhood Watch Captain is selected from among those present.

    The requirements for my area are that there is one meeting held each year and that the Captain distribute a quarterly Neighborhood Watch newsletter that is prepared by the police department.