The No. 1 Defense Against Crime Is You: Join A Neighborhood Watch Or Start One Of Your Own; Next Info Meeting Is May 2

Golden Valley Police Sgt Jeff Johnson cannot overstress the importance of community engagement when it comes to fighting crime. And one of the most effective ways for residents to get involved, he says, it to join a Neighborhood Watch program or start one of their own.

“The community is our eyes and ears,” Johnson says. “Calls from the public are the majority of what we respond to.”

A Neighborhood Watch program is worth its weight in gold, he says. It keeps neighbors up to date on crime trends and prevention methods, and it provides them with refreshers on who does and doesn’t live in their neighborhood, which goes a long way when it comes to spotting fishy behavior.  small

But there’s a lot of area in Golden Valley to cover, and not all neighborhoods have a program. For Neighborhood Watch to continue to grow and benefit the community, help from residents is needed.

Right now, there are about 100 Neighborhood Watch block captains, but ideally there should be at least 50 more, Johnson says.

The block captains’ main responsibility is to coordinate occasional meetings or parties, usually annually, to give their neighbors a chance to get to know one another and share crime prevention tips and information.

Attend The Spring Neighborhood Watch Meeting To Find Out More About The Program
The GVPD hosts two Neighborhood Watch meetings per year and will continue to offer Neighborhood Watch meetings for new groups and individual neighborhoods upon request. The meetings include a crime prevention refresher, an update on crime patterns and trends in Golden Valley, and more.

The spring meeting will be:

  • May 2, 7 pm
    GV Public Safety Building
    7700 Golden Valley Rd

Sign Up To Be A Block Captain, Or Learn More About What It Takes
To express your interest in being a block captain or to learn more, send your contact information to Jeff Johnson and he will get back to you with everything you need to know to get your own Neighborhood Watch program started.

Block captains are responsible for keeping up-to-date block maps, distributing meeting information, encouraging attendance, and organizing Minnesota’s Night To Unite celebrations and any other social gatherings. If desired, block captains can schedule business meetings with the GVPD.

The next block captains and block captains recruitment meeting will be:

  • June 6, 7 pm
    GV Public Safety Building
    7700 Golden Valley Rd

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