Neighborhood Watch of Grants Pass, Oregon
The Neighborhood Watch Program establishes an important communication between the Police Department and the citizens of Grants Pass. It consists of neighbors who watch for anything suspicious or anything that depreciates the appearance or safety of their community and then report such observations to the police department.
Officer Leslie Donaghy, with the Crime Prevention Unit organizes meetings with residents from an immediate neighborhood. She also provides a Neighborhood Watch Newsletter to keep community members informed on criminal activity and safety tips.
Discussions are held regarding the types of crime occurring in the neighborhood, how crimes can be reduced, how residents may assist in the suppression of crime and placement of Neighborhood Watch signs. Neighbors are encouraged to checkout the department webpage for the latest information about crimes that may be occurring in their neighborhood. Home security and personal safety tips are also covered during these meetings.
Through Neighborhood Watch, the Police Department and the residents work together to reduce crime and make our neighborhoods a safer place to live. By forming and joining neighborhood watch groups, residents take a major step toward reclaiming high-crime neighborhoods, as well as making people throughout a community feel more secure and less fearful.
The five easy steps to forming a Neighborhood Watch Group are:
- Recruit and organize as many neighbors as possible;
- Contact the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and schedule a meeting;
- Discuss community concerns and develop an action plan;
- Hold regular meetings and train;
- Implement a phone tree and take action steps.