Neighborhood & Business Watch Programs
The DuPont Police Department (DPD) Neighborhood Watch Program (NWP) is a partnership between the police department and citizens of DuPont, working together to make the city a safer place by focusing on neighborhoods. The DPD Neighborhood Watch Program encourages neighbors to become familiar with each other and actively work together to increase awareness of their surroundings. Police officers can’t be everywhere at once, so working with your neighbors to have extra eyes on our neighborhoods and reporting suspicious activity is important in the prevention of crime in the community.
- wHAT IS a nEIGHBORHOOD wATCH Program?
- NWP Benefits
- Block Captains
- aDDITIONAL iNFORMATION
- NNW History
- City of DuPont Map
- Business Watch Program
Neighborhood Watch is a group of neighbors who work together in conjunction with law enforcement to make their neighborhood and community safer. When neighbors get to know each other, they are more likely to be aware of what is happening in their surroundings and report crimes and/or suspicious activity
Neighborhood Watch Program Benefits:
- Encourages neighbors to connect with each other through meetings and neighborhood directory.
- Reduce crime by educating citizens on how to recognize and properly report crimes and suspicious activity.
- More eyes on the community helping with crime prevention.
- Sense of security for the community.
- Provides DPD with additional avenues of communication with citizens.
- Relationship building between officers and the public.
- Promotes community engagement.
- Citizens can guide the development and improvement of their neighborhood creating commitment and ownership.
Block Captains are an important part of a Neighborhood Watch and serve as a link between the DPD and their neighborhood. The DPD will work with Block Captains, providing them with the training and resources needed to effectively communicate with their neighbors. Block Captains are encouraged to arrange neighborhood meetings at least twice a year or more often if needed. DuPont officers will attend to provide support and address questions, or concerns citizens may have.
Being a Block Captain requires a minimal amount of time but can make a big impact in your neighborhood.
Block Captain Responsibilities
- Function as a liaison between the neighborhood and DuPont Police Department.
- Schedule neighborhood meetings and encourage neighbors to attend.
- Create an account with the National Neighborhood Watch Program. There is no charge to register.
- Maintain a contact list for the neighborhood and distribute to the Project Coordinator.
- The assigned District Police Sergeant and the Project Coordinator will attend meetings, when available. Two weeks’ notice for all meetings is suggested unless there is an urgent need due to current events.
- Communicate directly with the Project Coordinator for support, resources, and neighborhood issues or concerns.
- Greet new neighbors and inform them of the Neighborhood Watch.
- Distribute any crime or educational information provided by the DPD to neighbors.
- Attend DPD sponsored quarterly training meetings.
Block Captain Training
- Quarterly training meetings will be provided by the DPD for Block Captains and other neighborhood volunteers.
- Quarterly trainings will consist of crime prevention, crime patterns, how to report crime and other topics related to current events. Special guests will be invited when available.
- Meetings will be held at the DuPont Police Department, city parks and other designated locations.
All interested Block Captains will be required to sign a personal statement attesting to the following; which are outlined in the Neighborhood Watch Program Guidelines.
- I understand that my involvement is voluntary and non-compensated.
- I am not currently under investigation for a crime by any law enforcement agency.
- I am currently not on state or federal active parole, probation or court ordered supervision.*
- I am not required to register as a sex offender, pursuant to state or federal law.
- I am not the subject (respondent) of a restraining order or order of protection where the petitioner resides or works within the area where I will be participating in the DPD NWP.
- I am not a member of any gang, group, club, association or organization which prohibits membership based on race, the exploitation of children or vulnerable persons, advocates for the downfall of the United States of America, or condones or allows any criminal activity or circumvention of the law.
- If I have any questions, I will contact the DPD NWP Coordinator and/or the DPD NWP Lead Police Sergeant.
National Neighborhood Watch History
National Neighborhood Watch began in 1972 with funding in part by the National Sheriffs' Association, through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The funding from the grant has come to an end. But NSA knows how vital a program this is and we don't want to lose any of the movement or excellent resources we have available on this site.
Our nation is built on the strength of our citizens. Every day, we encounter situations calling upon us to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Not only does neighborhood watch allow citizens to help in the fight against crime, it is also an opportunity for communities to bond through service. The Neighborhood Watch Program draws upon the compassion of average citizens, asking them to lend their neighbors a hand. The National Neighborhood Watch Program (formerly USAonWatch) is the portal for training to assist law enforcement agencies and their communities, technical assistance, resource documents, watch stories, networking, and assistance to the field.
Since 1972, the National Neighborhood Watch Program (housed within the National Sheriffs’ Association) has worked to unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in a nation-wide effort to reduce crime and improve local communities. The success of the program has established Neighborhood Watch as the nation’s premier crime prevention and community mobilization program. Visible signs of the program are seen throughout America on street signs, window decals, community block parties and service projects.
The National Neighborhood Watch program empowers citizens to become active in community efforts through participation in Neighborhood Watch groups.
The DuPont Police Department (DPD) Business Watch Program (BWP) brings together police and businesses working as community partners to prevent crime. The BWP encourages business owners and employees to become familiar with other members of the business community as well as your DuPont police officers. When members of a community get to know each other, they are more likely to be vigilant and report suspicious activity.
Police cannot be everywhere at once, so extra eyes on the community are important. By working with your police department, businesses in DuPont will receive resources and education that will give them a better understanding of steps that can easily be implemented to help deter crime, and how to recognize and report suspicious activity.
Benefits of Business Watch:
*Encourages business owners and their employees to connect with one another through meetings and a business directory.
*Attend DPD hosted meetings focused on educating businesses and their employees on how to recognize crime and suspicious activity and how to properly report it.
*Facilitates relationship building with other DuPont businesses and the police officers.
*Creates a sense of security for the business community.
*By adding more watchful eyes to the business district and the community the deterrence of crime will increase.
DPD Business Watch window decals will be provided to all DuPont businesses who register to participate in the Business Watch Program.
If you are interested in registering your business with the DPD Business Watch Program, contact our DPD Neighborhood Watch Program Coordinator Kelly Limata by dialing 253-964-7060, Ext. #5298 or via email at DPDNWP@dupontwa.gov