Neighborhood Watch (NW) is an association of neighbors who contribute to the safety and security of their neighborhood by working together with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Together, the Sheriff’s Office and the neighborhood volunteers work to implement the principles of crime deterrence and detection while encouraging the active reporting of crimes and suspicious activity. The strength of Neighborhood Watch is the communication and dedication of the watch group members.
Neighborhood Watch is designed to:
- Teach citizens techniques to reduce the risk of being victimized at home or in public
- Train citizens on how to recognize and report suspicious activities
- Help neighborhoods to make homes more secure
- Show citizens how to properly mark property to identify it
- Allow neighbors to get to know each other so that any out of place activity can be recognized, reported, and investigated
- Develop a cohesive body of concerned citizens addressing issues concerning the entire community
Forming a Neighborhood Watch Group
If you are interested in forming a neighborhood watch group and registering your current group please complete the attached form and mail or email it to the Crime Prevention Unit or call our non-emergency number 651-439-9381.
About the Program
Neighborhood Watch was launched in 1972 by the National Sheriff’s Association as a vehicle for citizens to organize themselves and work with law enforcement. The concept traces its roots back to the days of colonial settlements when night watchmen patrolled the streets. For more information, visit the National Neighborhood Watch website.
It should be noted Neighborhood Watch is not a vigilante force working outside the normal procedures of law enforcement; is not designed for participants to take personal risks to prevent crime; and participation in the program is not a 100% guarantee that crime will not occur in your neighborhood.