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
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. For more information contact your Neighborhood Watch Specialist:
Commissioner Districts 1 – 6