Blue Springs Police Department
Steps to Organize your Block
Step 1 – Organize your Block
- Contact neighbors and obtain consent to organize a Neighborhood Watch group. The number of houses involved should be clustered together or situated so those residents have good visibility of each other’s homes. No more than 20 homes are recommended for one neighborhood member to manage.
- Attempt to obtain a commitment from 10% of the houses to attend 90 minute safety meeting
presentation (see Step 3) by the Crime Prevention Unit in your neighborhood. One hundred percent is the preferred attendance but signs may not be installed unless the percentage is met at the meeting. This helps to preserve the integrity of the program knowing the majority of the neighbors are participating in and practicing crime prevention.
Step 2 – Schedule your Safety Meeting
- Contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 228-0178, and request a presentation request form to schedule meeting date for 90 minute presentation. At least two weeks advanced notice is required. Groups scheduling on Monday through Thursday starting at 7pm receive the largest participation. Most neighbors attend if not inconvenienced on a school event night, weekend, big sports event, holiday, etc.
Step 3 – Safety Meeting Presentation
- The Crime Prevention Unit will present a Neighborhood Watch program in your neighborhood.
- Block Captain and Co-Captain are elected from the neighborhood group.
- Family information guides are distributed to each household and need completion. The Block Captain uses these guides for emergency call out and when residents want to receive an Operation Identification marker to identify personal property.
Step 4 – Neighborhood Watch Signs are Installed
- FREE Neighborhood Watch signs are posted at both street entrances to the neighborhood to indicate that the neighbors practice crime prevention. These signs have been shown to help reduce crime in areas where they are used.
- NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH STANDARDS Neighborhood “Get Together” and Quarterly Block Captain Meetings: The informational meetings are held to promote better communication between the police and citizens.
The meetings are offered to help achieve the goal of active, informed Neighborhood Watches. This includes:
- Each Neighborhood Watch is to hold at least one meeting annually either in the form of an educational safety related program, block party or other similar social event.
- Captains and/or Co-Captains or their designate attend at least three of the four quarterly informational meetings presented by the Crime Prevention Unit
- Captains and/or Co-Captains contact new neighbors and distribute family information guide and other pertinent neighborhood watch information as needed.
Police Department Responsibilities:
- Assist each Neighborhood Watch Group in their crime prevention efforts.
- Perform security surveys in individual homes at the request of the resident. (A presentation request form must be filled out with at least 2 weeks advanced notice.)
- Provide the latest in crime prevention information to the groups in the form of a Newsletter and quarterly Block Captain meetings.
- Contact groups with pertinent information dealing with crimes in Blue Springs upon which Neighborhood Watch might have an impact.
- Re-certify annually each Watch Group who meet their responsibilities.
THIS IS A NEIGHBORHOOD
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The Criminal’s worst enemies are CONCERNED AND ACTIVE CITIZENS and an equally CONCERNED AND EFFECTIVE POLICE DEPARTMENT. When the two elements are combined, the OPPORTUNITY to commit the crime is DECREASED. If a criminal does strike, these elements can combine to ASSIST each other in discovering the perpetrator, and then successfully process the criminal
through the Criminal Justice System.
Blue Springs Police Community and Youth Outreach Bureau
Crime Prevention Unit