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What is Neighborhood Watch?
Neighborhood Watch is a partnership between neighbors and the Oakland Police Department to improve safety and prevent crime. Forming a Neighborhood Watch group on your block is the first step to making and keeping your neighborhood safe.
How to Start a Neighborhood Watch Group
- English How to Start a Neighborhood Watch Group Flyer
- Spanish How to Start a Neighborhood Watch Group Flyer
- Chinese How to Start a Neighborhood Watch Group Flyer
- Vietnamese How to Start a Neighborhood Watch Group Flyer
Requirements to be an Official Neighborhood Watch Group
- Schedule a meeting with our Neighborhood Watch Coordinator
- Select a Block Captain and a Co-Captain
- Complete a Neighborhood Roster and Map and send a copy to the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator
- Apply for Neighborhood Watch Signs
Role and Responsibilities of a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain
- Maintain your group’s map and roster.
- Be your group’s contact for the Oakland Police Department.
- Help your group organize a block party on National Night Out – the first Tuesday in August.
- Hold at least one Neighborhood Watch meeting per year (this can be fulfilled by having a block party on National Night Out).
- Work with your Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council and the Neighborhood Services Coordinator assigned to your beat to solve any problems that your group can’t solve on its own.
- Take the CORE (disaster preparedness) training and encourage others in your group to take it, too. By doing this, your group will know how to respond in an emergency and can help out at the Neighborhood Command Center (Maxwell Park School). Click here to be redirected to the Communities of Oakland Respondto Emergencies (CORE) website.
- Welcome new neighbors into your neighborhood with a welcome package of useful information about your neighborhood.
- Application for Block Captains or Co-Captains
- Application for Sign Installation
- Instructions for Developing a Neighborhood Watch Map and Roster
- Block Captains Manual
- Neighborhood Councils formerly known as Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils (NCPCs)
Other Neighborhood Watch Activities and Information
- Hold a block party on National Night Out
- Develop an email distribution group for your block
- Sponsor an Earth Day project in your neighborhood
- Arrange for CORE (disaster preparedness) training for the group and set up a block command center.
- Here's a calendar to help you out: An Idea A Month
- Arrange for a bulky goods pick up. (Visit Oakland Recycles for more information)
- Arrange for a neighborhood tree planting (Visit Facilities & Environment: Tree Services for more information)
- Hold a block garage sale
- Hold a monthly movie night
- Develop a baby sitting co-op
- Sponsor a neighborhood book club
- Help neighbors with gardening projects
- Sponsor a neighborhood composting or community gardening project
- Sponsor neighborhood paint and toxics run to the disposal site
- Know where everyone's gas and water shut off valves are in case of an emergency