FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Cassandra Lafser, 407.246.2182
Sergeant James Young, 407.246.2403
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Police
Chief Paul Rooney Recognize Orlando Residents at the 29th Annual
Neighborhood Watch Leaderís Forum
Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando City Commissioners, and Orlando Police Chief
Paul Rooney will recognize the commitment and dedication of the
Neighborhood Watch Block Captains at the annual Neighborhood Watch
This is the 29th year that Orlando has recognized the critical role
citizens play in crime prevention. Currently, 959 block captains have
partnered with the Orlando Police Department to help keep Orlando
At the event, six Neighborhood Watch Block Captains, one from each City
District, will be recognized as Block Captains of the Year. One
Neighborhood Watch Group will also be honored as the Watch Group of the
The Orlando Police Departmentís (OPD) Neighborhood Watch Block Captains
have made considerable contributions to the City of Orlando. Their
dedication has helped OPD place in the top three, seven consecutive
years in the National Night Out crime prevention event sponsored by the
National Association of Town Watch.
This year Orlando made history once again, placing 1st nationally, the
second time since 2011. This achievement was made possible by the
participation of more than 64,000 residents in this summerís National
Night Out event.
These efforts along with those of OPD officers and staff have led to an
overall 7% reduction in violent crimes in 2013. Additionally in 2013,
OPD's efforts resulted in a 30% reduction in homicides and a 10%
reduction in residential burglaries.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
11:00 a.m. Ė 1:00 p.m.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 North Forest Avenue
For more information on the Orlando Police Departments Neighborhood
Watch Program, please call (407) 246-2369.