More than 40 million crimes are committed every year, and the number continues to increase. There cannot be a law enforcement officer on every corner, so citizen involvement is crucial to combat this social crisis. By cooperating with each other and the police, people can help fight crime in their communities in the most effective way– before it begins. It is an opportunity to be acquainted with the people that share your neighborhood.
Long Beach Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch program consists of four core meetings:
• Introduction/Meet Your Police
• Home Security
• Personal Safety
• Emergency Communications
These meetings have been designed to give groups the maximum benefit from the Neighborhood Watch program and should be scheduled in the order in which they appear.
The public is encouraged to schedule additional meetings through the Neighborhood Watch program after completing the four core meetings. All core meetings should be scheduled through the Long Beach Police Department’s Community Relations Division.
Allow two weeks advance notice to ensure the availability of a speaker.
All meetings will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and are generally scheduled Monday through Thursday, on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.
As staffing permits, Saturday meetings and meetings in Spanish and Khmer can also be accommodated. Should a group have a special request, the division should be notified in advance.
Neighborhood Watch groups are requested to host a minimum of two meetings per year. However, they are encouraged to continue their participation beyond the four core meetings by hosting monthly meetings. Contact the Neighborhood Watch office to schedule meetings and obtain additional speakers from the Long Beach Police Department or other city resources.
For more information or to receive a Neighborhood Watch starter packet call the Neighborhood Watch coordinator at (562) 570-7229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.