ORLANDO (CityofOrlando.net) – A strong partnership between citizens and police is the cornerstone of community oriented policing.
The Orlando Police Department offers numerous opportunities for residents to get involved in promoting public safety, including Neighborhood Watch and the Citizen Observer Program.
Starting or joining a Neighborhood Watch group for your street, neighborhood, apartment complex or condominium community helps prevent crime and vandalism. Neighborhood Watch members serve as the extra “eyes and ears” of law enforcement.
The Orlando Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Unit conducts free training sessions to ensure that Neighborhood Watch members are able to effectively identify suspicious activity and always report suspicious activity to 911.
Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective approaches to partner with the City in order to prevent crime. Neighborhood Watch creates a sense of community, encourages involvement and observation, and advocates improved home security and personal safety.
The Citizen Observer Program is comprised of volunteers who help police by patrolling neighborhoods, retail areas and school zones. Their main purpose is to report suspicious activities, persons and vehicles.
Members have no law enforcement authority and do not carry weapons. Volunteers, who are required to provide at least 12 hours per month, are trained to observe and report suspected criminal activity.