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CSPD Neighborhood Watch Program

A Neighborhood Watch is a group of neighbors who are willing to communicate with each other and pass along crime and non-crime-related neighborhood information. The groups are educated in crime prevention, trained to observe suspicious activity and report the activity to each other and the police. 

What Neighborhood Watch is: 

  • A crime prevention partnership between the community and the police.
  • Neighbors coming together to help each other and reduce the risk of crime and victimization.
  • Learning to identify suspicious activity and reporting the activity to the other neighbors and the police.
  • Learning and practicing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), which involves survey and upgrading, if necessary, your home security and lighting. 
  • Members all live within 1-2 blocks from each other, typically within line of sight. 

What Neighborhood Watch is NOT

  • Citizens armed patrol
  • Vigilante group
  • Encouraging residents to take risks to prevent crime.
  • A program that guarantees that crime will not occur in a neighborhood
  • A political group
  • A neighborhood association or home home owners association
  • A law enforcement entity

How To Start A Neighborhood Watch Group

  1. Read the Neighborhood Watch Block Captain's Handbook. You can download it here. 
  2. Set up an initial meeting with your neighbors and your division's crime prevention officer. The officer will explain the program and distribute the necessary materials to the group.
  3. Select a member from your group to take the role of Block Captain.
  4. Have the Block Captain fill out the application and the memorandum of understanding, and return them to their division's crime prevention officer. A background check will be conducted on the potential Block Captain. You can download the application and the memorandum here: Application, Memorandum.
  5. Complete the online New Block Captain Training.

Maintaining an Active Group

A Neighborhood Watch group must meet the following criteria to maintain an active group status:

  • The group must meet at least twice a year, and report the meetings to the divisional crime prevention officer.
  • The Block Captain must attend two Block Captain training sessions a year.

If you have any questions about starting or maintaining a neighborhood watch group, or if one already exists in your neighborhood, contact your division's crime prevention officer.