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The Watch Coordinator
The Coordinator's job is crucial to the success of your program. This may be just the right job for a retiree or another individual who has extra time at home. This person's responsibility may include:
- Expanding the program maintaining a current list of participants and neighborhood residents; including: names, addresses, home and work telephone numbers, and vehicle descriptions.
- Acting as liaison between WATCH members, law enforcement officers, civic groups, and block captains
- Arranging neighborhood crime prevention training programs
- Obtaining and distributing crime prevention materials, such as stickers and signs
- Involving others to develop specific crime prevention projects
- Encouraging participation in "Operation Identification", a nationwide program in which personal property is marked legibly with a unique identifying number to permit positive identification if valuables are lost or stolen.
The Block Captain
The Block Captains should be designated for every 10-15 houses, and they should be directly involved with their immediate neighbors. The block captain's responsibilities may include:
- Acting as liaison between block residents and the Coordinator
- Establishing a "telephone chain" by compiling and distributing a current list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of block participants
- Visiting and inviting new residents to join NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH; notifying them of meetings and training sessions
- Establishing the "Operation Identification" program
- Contacting each neighbor as often as possible to discuss possible crime problems, needs for assistance, and suggestions for program improvement
Communication Between Law Enforcement and Neighborhood Watch
Communication with WATCH members is crucial to the success of the program. More than half of the Neighborhood Watch groups surveyed distribute newsletters from members. The Police Department will help by providing crime alerts, crime trends and patterns, or other information on criminal activity or safety that affects those in your neighborhood.