Neighborhood Watch (NW) is an organized group of citizens devoted to preventing crime and vandalism within a neighborhood. The Orlando Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Unit conducts neighborhood training sessions to ensure Neighborhood Watch members are able to effectively identify suspicious activity and always report suspicious activity to 911.
The Orlando Police Department does not train its NW members to become vigilantes. Members are taught and reminded of four basic principals:
- Neighborhood Watch members serve solely as the extra “eyes and ears” of law enforcement.
- Neighborhood Watch members should report their observations of suspicious activities to law enforcement by calling 911.
- Never try to take action on those observations.
- Only trained law enforcement should take action.
Neighborhood Watch requirements:
- 40-percent participation
- Meet twice a year
- Recruit one Neighborhood Watch Block Captain
Neighborhood Watch Meeting Topics:
|911 Communications Center Tours|
CPTED – Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Gangs and Graffiti
Muggings and Carjackings
National Night Out
OPD Volunteer Training
Reporting Suspicious Activity
Phone and Internet Scams
Preventing Identity Theft
Road Rage and Aggressive Driving
Self Defense for Women
How to Start a Neighborhood Watch Group
The Neighborhood Watch Program was created for citizens to work with local law enforcement officers to detect and prevent crimes in their neighborhood. It is easy to start a Neighborhood Watch Group for your street, community, apartment complex or condominium community. All training is provided free of charge by the Orlando Police Department. To start a group:
- Call the Neighborhood Watch Unit of the Orlando Police Department (OPD) at 407.246.2369 to schedule a time to set up the program and to provide necessary training.
- Locate a place and time for your first meeting and distribute flyers announcing the event to every household in the neighborhood – including people who may be creating problems. This will alert them that neighbors will be working with law enforcement to reduce crime in the neighborhood. OPD will gladly provide you with the flyers.
- At the meeting, your Neighborhood Watch Specialist and your Community Liaison Officer will give you the basics, answer any questions and supply all material needed for the effective implementation of your Neighborhood Watch.
- Elect a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain at that gathering to schedule subsequent meetings and act as the liaison between your members and the Orlando Police Department.
For more information contact your Neighborhood Watch Specialist:
Commissioner Districts 1 – 6