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A Critical Time to Support Neighborhood Watch

As budget cuts and staffing shortfalls plague law enforcement agencies nation-wide, community members worry that programs such as Neighborhood Watch, which are designed to build bonds between neighborhoods and police, will be negatively impacted. Community concerns are well-grounded, as many departments have cut or are cutting community-based programs to make up for shortages in first-responder positions—an impact of significant budget deficits. Clearly, at this time of economic crisis, law enforcement executives must be even more cognizant of these concerns, and they must make every attempt to support community members and officers working to develop these strong community liaisons.

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Supporting Articles

“West Hempstead launches Neighborhood Watch” by Robin Robinson, – West Hempstead, is finally seeing a plan to improve their community undertaken by Terese Russo-Santoro take off. Earlier this year, Ms. Russo-Santoro launched a plan to start a group after her teenage son was mugged twice within two months while walking not far from their home.

“Get Involved in Neighborhood Watch Groups” by Clarissa David, Saipan Tribune—Read about how a group of watch groups in one area is work with volunteers to help find two missing girls.

“Deputies Raid ‘Nuisance’ Home” – A Hamilton County family known for making methamphetamine were taken into custody with the help of a strong neighborhood watch group.

Defending Childhood Initiative in Public Service Announcement – A public service announcement (PSA) featuring Attorney General Eric Holder began airing this week on the Investigation Discovery network. This 30-second PSA is part of the Attorney General’s Defending Childhood initiative to address the issue of children’s exposure to violence.

CDC Unveils Innovative Preparedness Tool Using “Zombie Apocalypse” – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has unveiled an innovative tool as part of their ongoing Emergency Preparedness and Response campaign. Entitled, “Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse” it merges pop culture with the all too real threat of natural disasters in a manner that will surely get more people talking about “emergency preparedness”. The CDC’s approach is that citizens should take the same precautionary measures such as stockpiling food, water, first aid supplies and survival items to get through a real world emergency as they would in the event of a zombie attack.

New Online Repository from USFA for Fire Prevention Education & Public Safety – USFA has created a Prevention and Public Education Exchange which aims to serve as a centralized location for national, state and local fire prevention practices and public education materials that fire safety organizations may wish to share with other communities. Anyone with personal or professional interest in fire prevention education and public safety will find the Exchange invaluable in assisting them to create a workable program for their community or organization.

Better World Search by MOVADO – Do you know someone who acts as an agent of change striving for the betterment of society through charitable work, volunteerism, or community involvement? Nominate a friend, a community activist, or someone who is working hard to make this a better world.

CSC 2011 Registration is Now Open! — Celebrate Safe Communities is crime prevention done the right way—law enforcement and other government agencies working with residents to prevent and reduce crime and be prepared for any emergency.

Upcoming Events:

July 13-16: The American Bar Association’s Children’s Law Conference in Arlington, VA

August 8-11: Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, TX and hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Setpember 6 & 7: Neighborhood Watch Training Red Wing, MN

Serptember 14 & 15: Neighborhood Watch Training Baldwin County, AL

September 14-16: National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Conference will take place at the Gaylord National, National Harbor, MD

October 3-5: National Triad Conference held in conjunction with the 15th Annual Illinois Triad Conference in Tinley Park, IL.

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

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