NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM

Taking Ownership with Neighborhood Watch

Menifee Police Department POP Team

 

The police are the public, and the public are the police. This seemingly simple notion was first iterated by Sir Robert Peel over two centuries ago and has been the guiding light for community oriented policing efforts across the nation. Sir Robert Peel felt the key to preventing crime was through a collaborative shared effort between the police and the communities they serve. This vision of the community sharing in the responsibility through volunteer service helped establish what is commonly known today as Neighborhood Watch.

The residents of the City of Menifee have shown a clear desire to take ownership of their city through the passing of Measure DD, allowing the creation of The Menifee Police Department. Since our inception, the Menifee Police Department has received numerous calls from active members of the community interested in creating or continuing Neighborhood Watch programs. I would encourage those watch programs already in place to register their groups at www.nnw.org, which will allow our POP Team to obtain contact information to seek interest in having us respond to meetings as well as gaining access to numerous literatures and trainings for meetings. For those interested in starting a watch program, I can offer the following five basic steps to help you get started:

 

1. Recruit

The first step towards a successful neighborhood watch will be identifying and recruiting community members willing to participate. The new, or previously established, watch groups can register their group at www.nnw.org for additional information and literatures for their meetings.

2. Contact

Neighborhood Watch is a collaborative effort between communities and their police department. Once a watch has been formed, contact the Menifee Police Department POP Team to schedule a meeting. The POP Team is responsible for attending watch meetings and providing information, literature, and trainings on how communities can better protect themselves and address local issues.

3. Discuss

The first meetings should be an effort to gather information about various concerns of the community. These concerns should then be prioritized and discussed to determine which may be resolved on a local level and which require a more collaborative effort.

4. Create

The watch group will want to create a means of communication with one another. The most appropriate form of communication will be based on the community and can range from social media to a phone tree.

5. Take Action

At this point, the watch group has been formed and is organized to address community problems. The last step is to take action. Now is the time to work together to implement the ideas addressed during meetings.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is neighborhood watch?

Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program made up of resident volunteers. The program is organized and operated by a group of residents living in the same area who want to make their neighborhood safer.

This goal is accomplished by joining with their local Police Department and utilizing shared resources to ensure a safer neighborhood. The program provides opportunities to work toward increasing safety, improving the quality of life in communities, and reducing crime rates.

The Police Department partners with residents to educate them on how and why crime happens, how to improve home/personal safety, and to determine how and when to contact law enforcement.

What are the benefits to a neighborhood watch?

An increased sense of responsibility and control. These programs help citizens feel empowered in their everyday lives, which can help reduce fear and may lead to an increased sense of personal security.

Greater unity within neighborhoods. Regular meetings bring neighbors together to talk and get to know one another. This leads to a greater sense of unity within the neighborhood and can also bring neighbors together as friends.

Improved relations with law enforcement. Crime watch programs increase contacts between neighbors and law enforcement, leading to more productive and comfortable relationships.

Better community unity. Having something in common, like membership in a Neighborhood Watch Program, brings people together and builds community unity.

Improved quality of life. When crime goes down, the quality of life improves for residents. Safer neighborhoods mean happier residents and a better place to live.

INTEREST FORM

The Menifee Police Department is excited to announce the creation of our Neighborhood Watch program and look forward to meeting the various community members on a more intimate level. If you would like to show your interest in joining a watch program in your area, or are already a member of a watch program, please fill out the interest form below.