Neighborhood Crime Watch

About the Program


Neighborhood Watch is a partnership between our citizens and the entire North St. Paul City government. Neighborhood Watch consists of a defined geographical neighborhood where the residents of the neighborhood determine the behaviors that are or are not acceptable within their neighborhood. The neighborhood watch areas in the city are assigned to individual officers on our department.

The Neighborhood Watch Program enables the police and residents to work as partners to prevent crime and to meet the needs of the community.


Meetings


Representatives from the Police Department will conduct the meeting. They will discuss current issues facing your neighborhood, as well as how to establish and implement your Neighborhood Watch Program. Block captains will be recruited at the initial meeting and will act as liaisons to the neighborhood and the Police Department.


Setting Up a Meeting


  1. Contact the City of North St. Paul Neighborhood Watch coordinator at 651-747-2504.
  2. Decide what your Block Watch area will include. It usually averages about 30 residences, but can be smaller or larger.
  3. Pick a meeting date. The Neighborhood Watch meetings are held in the evening and go less than 2 hours.
  4. Location of meetings. Generally the initial meeting is held at the North St. Paul Community Center, but may be at local churches, schools, or elsewhere.
  5. Invite your neighbors. The North St. Paul Neighborhood Watch coordinator has access to a listing of addresses.
  6. Thereafter, get-togethers, such as: Ice-cream Socials, Potlucks, Kiddie Parades and more, location of where the street should be blocked off, are arranged by the block captains. A call to the City is recommended so that barricades, along with the Police and Fire Departments can be a part of your gathering.

Meeting Discussions


Representatives from the Police Department will conduct the meeting. They will discuss any current issues that may be facing your neighborhood, as well as how to establish and implement your Neighborhood Watch Program. A person may volunteer at the initial meeting to be a Block Captain and will act as liaisons to the neighborhood and the Police Department.

Neighborhood Watch Signs


Once your Neighborhood Watch Group is established, signs will be posted.


Resources


North St. Paul Notes Video


Host Paul Anderson talks with Captain Nikituk and resident and block captain Melissa Schoenecker about Neighborhood Crime Watch. Captain Nikituk also introduces new Officer Amber DeCory. Check out the December 2014 Notes Video to learn more.