Block Watch Program
The Neighborhood Watch Program is organized to enable the police and the community to work together. The goal is simple: To make each home, each street and each area in Colerain Township more crime resistant. The program is constantly expanding and changing to meet the needs of the community.
Exchange of Information
Concerned citizens are the best asset any police department has to help fight crime. The program is designed to maximize that asset. The Colerain Township Police Crime Prevention Officer maintains lines of communication with the Neighborhood Watch Groups in Colerain Township, supplying crime and suspect information, crime prevention tips, and training on a variety of subjects. This is done through Block Captains on each street. The Crime Prevention Officer also acts as a “cop on the beat” to work with the community to solve neighborhood problems. The system relies on the willingness of people to get involved, stay informed of area problems, and work together on solutions.
The Neighborhood Watch Program can enable you and your neighbors to organize to help each other in case of an earthquake, flood, fire, etc. People working together can always cope more successfully with any adverse situation.
Forming a Neighborhood Group
The Crime Prevention Officer will help you organize a first meeting with your neighbors and will provide current information on crime and crime prevention. The officer will give your group tips on organizing and maintaining contact with each other and with the police department.
The Block Captain
Each street should appoint someone as the Block Captain. This should be someone who is willing to put a small amount of time into the program. The Block Captain acts as a representative of your street. Each Block Captain will be placed on a mailing list and will be included on a phone tree so that the Crime Prevention Officer can distribute important information on area crime, group meetings, new programs, or other situations. The Block Captain then passes this information to those on his or her block. The Block Captain is also invited to the monthly area meeting and distributes the monthly newsletter to neighbors.
Other Block Captain Activities
- Act as a “clearing house” for information and maintain contact with other Block Captains in the area.
- Establish a “Safe House” for neighborhood children to go to in case of an emergency. Block Captains should seek and use volunteers from the group to help with these activities.
- The program is simple and takes very little effort to start and maintain.
Call 321-COPS for assistance with forming your Block Watch Group!