Community Watch is the proven system to help reduce crime and make where you live and work a better place.
Crime prevention, disaster preparedness, fire prevention, drug abuse prevention, and dealing with all kinds of other social issues are the by product of a well functioning community watch program.
Knowing how to create a Community Watch or a neighborhood watch will increase the quality of life for every person in your community.
If we don't do it, who will?
It's hard to have a great life if you live in a crime-infested community. There is only one way to keep your community safe and crime-resistant: Take ownership and make it safe.
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Why do we need Community Watch?
This manual is the A-Z of what you need to set up and maintain a successful program. The twelve sections of the manual describe the different stages and steps to develop a Community Watch program. Sections include: Communications, Management, Volunteers, Implementation, Meetings, Programs, Motivation, Promotion/Publicity, Resource Development, Evaluations, and Supplies and Resources.
Law enforcement cannot keep a community safe without the involvement of its citizens. The community must do its part. The citizens can only do their part when they know how to do their part. People have to know what they have to know what to do.
The answer is community involved policing where the police and the community form a partnership with the common goal of safe neighborhoods, parks, and schools.
For over twenty years, communities have used the Community Watch Administration Manual to organize and maintain crime, community and neighborhood watch programs.
Complete training on how to start and maintain an effective Community Watch Program.
You don't have to be a crime prevention practitioner to provide the right kind of leadership to help your community become a better place to life. Learn the key ingredients needed to provide the leadership to your community desperately needs. People want to come together to reaffirm a common sense of purpose and a collective inspiration about what makes this country great.
With 552 pages packed full of essential information, this manual is a resource you’ll be able to use for many years to come!
How to Get the Most from this Manual:
Police Departments: Put a copy in every patrol car!
Neighborhood Associations: Thorough, non-technical information on how to start and maintain a highly effective Community Watch Program.
Police Academies: Cost-effective training!
“I was so enthused by this book. It would make an excellent textbook for the crime prevention practitioner or criminal justice system.” Sgt. Martin J. Jacobson, Training Coordinator, Stuart (FL) Police Department
“The [Community Watch] Program has been well received and supported in our area. As a result of the Community’s involvement and citizens’ calls, numerous crimes have been solved.” Sgt. M.W. Bowers, Salida (CO) Police Department
“Your manual has provided a wealth of information in an organized, step-by-step, easy to read format.” Stephen M. Nihiser, Federal Protective Services"Most useful tool I've seen for community policing.
One of the best products available." Daphne Levenson, Director, Gulf States Regional Community Policing Institute
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Get dozens of program outlines:
Homeland Security Programs:
Community Watch, Neighborhood Watch, Crime Watch is a group of concerned citizens who take action to make where they live a better place to be.
Block captains/coordinators are the key element in any watch program. This handbook is designed to teach them how to start a watch program and provides them with all the necessary forms and announcements to maintain a group.
The first line of management is one of the most important elements in a successful crime-watch program.
One of the biggest challenges faced by many crime watch programs is they often work too well. What happens is the crime rate goes down, cities become safe and the people become complacent.
The Block Captain's Hand Book teaches how to establish a block group and provide them with all the necessary forms and announcements to maintain a group.
"I find the Block Captain's Handbook informative, and a very effective tool in fighting crime."
Cmdr. John H. Pappas, Chicago Police Dept. 25th District
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These reproducible forms are also included in the handbook, along with detailed explanations:
You may call it community watch, neighborhood watch, crime watch, or a crime prevention program, but the principles remain the same.
To get the best participation from watch members, they need to have an understanding as to the importance of Community Watch. They also need to realize the significance of their role to the program's success. In this guide, members learn about what Community Watch is, what their responsibilities are, reporting suspicious activities and much more in easy to understand terms.
You play a role in the safety of your community. This new book instructs you on simple techniques to protect yourself, your family, and your neighbors. Using the principles of Community Watch, you will learn what you can do to cut crime in your own community.
Improve participation from the community.
People need to be instructed about the importance of Community Watch and how they fit in. This guide was prepared to instruct the residents of the community about what it means to be part of a Community Watch.
It gives them a brief Community Watch history, familiarizes them with what Community Watch is and what it is not. The Citizen's Guide also shows, in real terms, the benefits they'll gain by participating in the program and what their responsibilities are.
The Citizen's Guide also educates them about the importance of knowing the neighborhood and how to use the Block Map and the Telephone Tree (both forms are found in the Block Captain's Hand Book). The last few pages give the citizen a permanent place to record the community's important telephone numbers.
Citizens also learn how to report suspicious activities and how to use the 911 emergency system. This guide can make a valuable addition to the education of your citizens, assuring the success of your Community Watch Program.
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