National Neighborhood Watch – a Division of the National Sheriffs' Association

Crime prevention through neighborhood cohesiveness and collaboration.

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Getting Started

This Neighborhood Watch Toolkit has been designed in a user-friendly, web-page format to assist with ease of navigation. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with this format by examining the four permanent page links: Home, Contacts, Partners and USAonWatch as well as the primary pages on this CD listed as links on the left side. These important pages include: Getting Started, Game Plan, Training, Tools and Templates, and Resources.

As you will note, there are multiple CDs and tools contained within this Neighborhood Watch Toolkit. The CDs are divided into the Foundational CD (this CD), Self Paced Training Series and Community Presentations. This Foundational CD contains the Neighborhood Watch Basics curriculum as well as a wealth of information on the entire Toolkit and its usage including: a list of all of the law enforcement skills building and community trainings, an electronic copy of each one of the more than twenty tools that have been developed, all of the templates that are utilized in the various trainings, and a list of resources. 

Now that you are familiar with the basic design of the Neighborhood Watch Toolkit, where do you go first?

Whether you are a sworn law enforcement officer, a non-sworn public service officer, a current Neighborhood Watch volunteer or just a concerned citizen interested in starting or revitalizing a Neighborhood Watch program, first take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the Neighborhood Watch program by clicking here to begin the Neighborhood Watch Basics course.

Now that you are more familiar with the structure and the purpose of Neighborhood Watch you should go to the Game Plan page. On this page you will be directed to the appropriate Game Plan that will take you through a step by step process of establishing or revitalizing a Neighborhood Watch initiative. Click here to link to the Game Plan page.