The Neighborhood Watch Program is one of the oldest and best-known crime prevention concepts. The Neighborhood Watch Program started in the late 1960’s. A dramatic increase in crime during this time period called for a program that would inform residents and business owners on crime prevention. The National Sheriff’s Association (N.S.A.) responded and created the Neighborhood Watch program in 1972 to assist citizens, business owners, and law enforcement.
In the aftermath of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, strengthening and securing our communities has become more critical than ever. The Neighborhood Watch Program has responded to this challenge, expanding beyond their traditional crime prevention role to help neighborhoods focus on disaster preparedness, emergency response and terrorism awareness.
The Neighborhood Watch Program empowers citizens to become Active in homeland security efforts through participation in Neighborhood Watch groups. Many neighborhoods already have established watch groups that are vibrant and effective. The foundation of the Neighborhood Watch Program is the information, training, technical support and resources provided to local law enforcement agencies and citizens. The training program is designed to build the capacity of law enforcement officers to work with the community by providing instruction on topics important to Neighborhood Watch.
For more information and resources on Neighborhood Watch or for assistance in organizing a watch group in your area, contact the following people at the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office:
Lt. Brad Edwards
work phone: 382-6184
cell phone: 566-3475
Lt. Charles Clark
work phone: 382-6183
cell phone: 642-5016