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If you're thinking about applying to be a Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Coordinator you might want to know more about what the role means.
A coordinator does not need to sign a contract or formal agreement specifying what they will do or how they will run their scheme. That said, all co-ordinators must work to keep schemes active and encourage existing and new residents to take part.
As a coordinator you would be volunteering your time and have a number of responsibilities.
A co-ordinator will:
Act as a focal point for the scheme.
Make sure that everyone who wants to be a part of the scheme has an equal chance to do so.
Sign up to receive information and updates from the police's Community Messaging Service by telephone, post or email, and pass relevant information regularly around the scheme.
Make sure that relevant information from the NHW Forum (e.g. newsletters) is available to all members in their scheme area.
Often be the first point of contact for the police.
Share information and community safety concerns with the police and council.
Make sure that the local Police Community Support Officer is made aware of any community safety concerns.
Actively encourage neighbours to be observant and ‘look out’ for each others homes and property.
Talk with vulnerable residents to ensure they feel safe in their neighbourhood and seek support from the police and other agencies if it is required.
Encourage new neighbours to join the scheme and explain how it works.
Make sure that Neighbourhood Watch signs are displayed and kept in good order.
Make sure that members have stickers to display at their home and crime prevention literature.
Make sure that members know how to report crimes and anti-social behaviour, and to support them if they are not confident to do it.
Encourage new ideas and activities.
Hold and attend meetings. Schemes should have a minimum of one meeting per year.