Thu 03 December 2020

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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.