This is part four of a series of articles about Neighborhood Watch programs.
Use a sign-in sheet to keep track of who is present at the meeting, and tell attending residents there will be time after the meeting to ask questions, meet new members and visit.
Let residents introduce themselves and discuss what the group wishes to accomplish in the neighborhood.
Allow residents time to raise specific neighborhood concerns.
The basic structure of a Neighborhood Watch involves a captain and members. A captain should be elected by the members during the first meeting and may serve for a term decided by the members.
Invite a local law enforcement officer to provide information on crime prevention topics and ways to maintain an active Neighborhood Watch program. For following meetings, invite guest speakers to discuss current community issues or speak on topics members are interested in.
Before the meeting adjourns, decide which issues will be discussed at the next meeting. Encourage members to think of new ideas or strategies to raise at the next meeting.
Neighborhood Watch meetings should meet once a month or at least every other month. Be sure members know when and where the next meeting will be held.
The time after the meeting can be as important as the meeting itself. During this time members have the opportunity to visit and build friendships and informally brainstorm on future goals and strategies.
Neighborhood Watch Article Series
- Part One: “What is a Neighborhood Watch?”
- Part Two: “A Neighborhood Watch is Not…”
- Part Three: “Organizing a Neighborhood Watch”
- Part Four: “The Neighborhood Watch Meeting”
- Part Five: “The Role of Neighborhood Watch Members”
- Part Six: “Neighborhood Watch: Solving Problems”
- Part Seven: “What Motivates Neighborhood Watch Members”
- Part Eight: “How Neighborhood Watches Grow”
The Cleveland Police Foundation, in partnership with the Cleveland Division of Police and the Ohio Crime Prevention Association present these tips so citizens can help to make our community safer.