August 31, 2016
Serving Midtown, Spenard, and UMed
716 W 4th Ave Suite 411
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Governor Bill Walker
Lt. Governor Byron Mallot
APD Guidelines for Starting a Community Neighborhood Watch Program
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I was recently shocked and horrified to read about the tragedy that happened in Valley of the Moon Park this past weekend. The lives of these victims were cut far too short, and my heart goes out to their loved ones.
What should we do now? Citizens are discussing their concerns on social media, and I share in their fear and uncertainty about the next steps we might take to keep ourselves and our families safe. A few local community council groups have discussed banding together to start neighborhood watch programs. I think that this is an excellent idea, and lucky for us, APD has developed helpful guidelines to do just that:
How to start a Neighborhood Watch
Suggested Meeting Checklist:
1. Find a meeting place that is free, conveniently located and of a suitable size.
2. Establish a time and date convenient for residents and the Neighborhood Watch staff.
3. Promote the meeting by invitations, email and word of mouth to all neighbors in your area. The meeting should be promoted as an opportunity for problem solving through dialogue with neighbors and Neighborhood Watch staff.
4. Set up the meeting place to encourage interaction by all participants. Set up reception tables so that attendees may be able to sign up for the new Neighborhood Watch.
Once at least 50% of the designated area has participated in the presentation, you will qualify for window clings and decals provided by the program staff. A sign will be posted in your area as decided by the Municipal Traffic Office with coordination from the key person or organizer.
The higher the participation rate in a Neighborhood Watch group, the more effective the group will be. If participation is less than 50%, we can hold more than one presentation to get the whole group qualified.
I’m Berta and I’m still listening,
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office.