Downey schedules meeting for Neighborhood Watch block captains

March 8, 2017 by  

All Downey residents are invited to the annual meeting of its Neighborhood Watch Block Captains, which is hosted by the Downey Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Program. The meeting is scheduled for the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center.

Detective Ron Gee will present a program entitled ‘Cyber Safety and Common Internet Scams’ at the event. There will also be a question and answer session after Gee finishes his presentation. In addition, block captains will be given an opportunity to talk about specific safety concerns they have with regard to their neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Watch is a form of the traditional night watch function, which began in colonial days. The modern organization was founded in 1972 and is sponsored by the National Sheriffs’ Association, which trains residents to monitor its own communities for any out-of-the ordinary activities, and assist law enforcement professionals. It believes that residents are the best judge of what is happening in their area, and has been effective because members make it apparent they are watching, thus reducing the opportunity for crime to take place.

This is the fifth annual meeting, and is slated for tonight, March 8, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Events like this can benefit if organizers work with a postcard printing company, which can create mailers for wide distribution, letting residents know about the evening and encouraging them to attend.