Neighborhood Watch is a proactive program in which residents have direct input into making their neighborhood safer. Neighborhood Watch was originated in 1972 in a joint effort by the National Sheriff's Association and the National Chief's of Police Association to reduce the spiraling increase in residential burglaries.
A Block Captain Coordinator, who will have direct contact with the Community Services Officer, is chosen for each neighborhood. In the event of criminal activity the Community Services Officer contacts the Block Captain Coordinator who then enacts a telephone tree contact system. The Block Captain Coordinator contacts the Block Captains who in turn notify the Co-Captains who notify the Block Partners. This method takes advantage of speed in distributing important information.