November USA on Watch Newsletter

National Sheriff's Association

In The Headlines

Safety on the Move: Anchorage Trail Watch

Trail Watch is based on the same principle as Neighborhood Watch—that bringing community members together to re-establish control of their neighborhoods promotes an increased quality of life and reduces the crime rate in that area.  Although Trail Watch members do not necessarily reside in the same neighborhoods, they share a common love of and vested interest in the health and welfare of the city’s green spaces.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Trail Watch concept, each filling one of two important roles. Most participants are Trail Watchers, individuals who wear Trail Watch logo gear and commit to carrying a cell phone when using the trails in order to report suspicious activity and hazards (such as downed tree branches) to the appropriate authorities. Like Trail Watchers, Ambassadors carry cell phones to report incidents and maintenance problems. However, they are further trained to assist lost trail users, help with simple repairs such as patching flat bicycle tires, and can perform basic first aid, if needed. Trail Watch Ambassadors wear special red vests and agree to devote approximately two hours to the program each week (enough time to complete a round-trip segment on a selected trail).

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Learn More – Anchorage Trail Watch
Trail Watch taps into our community passion for trails by recruiting trail users to help promote safety and prevent crime. Volunteers receive safety training, agree to carry cell phones reporting suspicious activity, post incident reports on the Trail Watch website and wear distinctive arm bands.

American Trails Safe Trails Forum
Making trails and greenways safer: resources on liability, insurance, and legal issues; trail maintenance and management for better user experience; crime and accident reporting; safety for trail users; a forum for discussion of these issues.

National Cybersecurity Public Service Announcement Challenge
The Stop. Think. Connect. campaign launched its cybersecurity Public Service Announcement (PSA) Challenge, giving individuals the opportunity to submit their own short video encouraging Americans to do their part to stay safe and secure online. The campaign will select a winner(s) to feature on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s YouTube channel and for use during cybersecurity awareness promotions.

New Dogfighting Enforcement Training Available Online Course Developed by ASPCA with Funding by COPS
The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), in partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®), today announced a new online course to help law enforcement and animal welfare professionals better detect, investigate, and take action against dogfighting.

If you See Something, Say Something Campaign
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and TSA Administrator John Pistole announced the expansion of the nationwide “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign in the National Capital Region and to the nation’s hotel and lodging industry — raising public awareness and strengthening security in America’s tourism and travel industry in anticipation of the busy holiday travel season. The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign—originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and funded, in part, by $13 million from DHS’ Transit Security Grant Program — is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key front line employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities

USAonwatch through Neighborhood Watch empowers citizens in ourcommunities with the opportunity to volunteer toward the safety of our homeland,

Resource of the Week

Holiday Mail for Heroes Program

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Smart Phone apps for safety

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About Jeff

Long time volunteer in the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area of Arizona.

Posted on November 24, 2010, in National Sheriff's Association and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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