National Neighborhood Watch

A Division of the National Sheriffs' Association

Crime prevention through neighborhood cohesiveness and collaboration.


One of the National Sheriffs’ Association’s most successful and well-known programs is Neighborhood Watch. For decades the program has effectively trained and encouraged Americans to watch out for their families and neighbors by preventing and reporting safety and security issues in their neighborhoods.

In 2002, USA Freedom Corps was created under President Bush's initiative to build a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility in the country. USAonWatch was established under Citizen Corps as an expansion of the Neighborhood Watch program to empower citizens to become directly involved for the purpose of homeland security. Following the hurricanes of 2005, a new initiative for emergency preparedness and service swept the country. Neighborhood Watch groups are a way for law enforcement and citizens to work together in disaster preparedness efforts.

The mission of the Neighborhood Watch program now includes terrorism prevention. The enhanced program shows citizens how they can play a potentially crucial role in detecting and preventing terrorist acts. Neighborhood Watch groups across America are now making preparedness a part of their daily lives. 

The goal now is to rapidly expand the number of active Neighborhood Watch groups across America. This toolkit is part of that effort.