Police Department

Neighborhood Watch

ONLY to serve as extra “eyes and ears” and to REPORT information on crimes and suspicious activities promptly to: 9-1-1 for EMERGENCIES (crimes in progress or life-threatening situations) -or- (915) 832-4400 for NON-EMERGENCIES

How Neighborhood Watch Works

Neighborhood Watch is a Community Policing partnership program that rapidly expanded nation-wide in the 1970’s to combat significant increases in residential crime.  This program depends on citizen involvement to prevent and discourage crime and reduce fear by taking certain home, property, and personal self-protection precautions, really getting to know and look out for neighbors, and reporting crimes and suspicious activities to the police. Neighborhood Watch in the city of El Paso is an El Paso Police Department program and the department determines its policy. Today, we have over 600 such programs, and this concept has also expanded to schools, apartments, parks, and businesses.

Getting Started

Visit your block neighbors with this page or have a get-together to promote it, stimulate interest and enlist helpers, and gather program support from them.  Call the phone number below for police information and assistance on your questions.  Once you have the active support from half of your block, designate a Block Captain and Co-Captain to serve as block coordinators and liaisons with the police for information and educational literature.  Establish a means to keep all your residents informed of these communications.

Organizing & Maintaining Neighborhood Watch

When committed, schedule a “start-up” meeting with a police officer at a date and time convenient to your block.   At that time, the officer will walk everyone through all elements of the program:

Within parameters, your block decides how to run its own program thereafter keeping your Crime Prevention Officer informed.  You’ll subsequently have four annual block get-togethers according to your group’s desires that may range from business to social.  Your Block Captain will attend annual “refresher” training by police and continue to coordinate block Neighborhood Watch activities, disseminate crime prevention information and educational literature, and bring new neighbors into the program.

Costs & Benefits

Your Direct Police Contact

For additional information on Neighborhood Watch or to start one up now, contact the Crime Prevention Officer for your city area.