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Disc Five: Self-Paced Training #3

Observation Skills

Observation Skills teaches participants how to instruct citizens on various aspects of observation such as what to observe, how to observe it, and observation specifics concerning both individuals and the surroundings. For years Neighborhood Watch volunteers have been referred to as the extra "eyes and ears" of the police, so knowing and using proper observation skills is essential for all Neighborhood Watch programs.

Training for: Law enforcement liaisons and Neighborhood Watch block captains
Time required: 1 hour
Materials required: "Observation Skills" participant's book
Instructions: Scroll through each page of training, reading the content and using the workbook where indicated. To continue to the next page, simply press "next" at the bottom of the page. To return to the previous page, press "back."

 

Reporting Suspicious Activities

Reporting suspicious activities presents information on how to properly report as well as what to report and when. All too often citizens are confused about what they should report and why, so in this course participants will receive in-depth instruction on a variety of reporting activities. After reviewing this course, participants will be able to specifically advise citizens on the appropriate who, what, why, and how of reporting.

Training for: Neighborhood Watch liaisons and leaders
Trainer Local law enforcement liaison
Time required: 1 hour
Materials required: "Reporting Suspicious Behavior" participant book
Instructions: Scroll through each page of training, reading the content and using the workbook where indicated. To continue to the next page, simply press "next" at the bottom of the page. To return to the previous page, press "back."

 

Target Hardening

In this class, participants learn a specific methodology on how to evaluate homes for security and general information on how to work with the public to make our neighborhoods more safe and secure. From evaluating locks to assessing alarms, participants will receive a wealth of information on home security that they will be able to present to other Neighborhood Watch leaders and volunteers.

Training for: Law enforcement liaisons and Neighborhood Watch block captains
Time required: 1 hour
Materials required: "Target Hardening" participant's book
Instructions: Scroll through each page of training, reading the content and using the workbook where indicated. To continue to the next page, simply press "next" at the bottom of the page. To return to the previous page, press "back."

 

Tools

  • Observation Tips Visor Placard
  • Observation Notes Form
  • Reporting Pinwheel
  • Target Hardening Flipbook
  • Safety Changes Form
  • Lighting Audit

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