NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM
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What is Neighborhood Watch?
The Neighborhood Watch Program is one of the most important activities you can become involved in with the Police Department. It has an important impact on residential type crimes. The program enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with the Police to reduce crime in their community. It is not possible, or practical, to have a police officer on every street corner, so citizen involvement is essential to combat this social crisis. By cooperating with each other and the Police, people can help fight crime in Paso Robles the most effective waybefore it begins!
What does it involve?
Neighbors knowing who their neighbors are, so they can work together in a program of mutual assistance; Citizens being trained to recognize, and report, suspicious activities in their neighborhood, and implementation of crime prevention techniques such as home security, operation ID, etc.
How do I get involved?
Be the extra "eyes and ears" for reporting crime and helping neighbors. Neighborhood Watch helps build pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address community concerns.
Contact your neighbors to find out when the majority of them are available to attend a Neighborhood Watch meeting.
Be sure to mention:
- Neighborhood Watch does not require frequent meetings
- Neighborhood Watch does not ask anyone to take any personal risk to prevent crime
- Neighborhood Watch leaves the responsibility of apprehending criminals where it belongswith the Police
Select a "Host" to hold the meeting in their home. The Police Department has a community meeting room that could also be used.
Contact the Paso Robles Police Department Community Services Specialist at (805) 237-4086 to schedule a date for the meeting. The Police Department will provide the speaker and handouts for the meeting. You may want to provide refreshments for your neighbors, if you desire.
At the initial meeting, the Neighborhood Watch Program is explained. Your neighbors will have an opportunity to ask questions and talk about their area with one of our officers. A block captain or co-block captains will be selected and you are on your way. The department provides a free monthly Crime Prevention Education program except in July and December. We encourage our Block Captains to attend and to bring their neighbors. The public is always welcome.
"Working Together for A Safer Community"