Neighborhood C.O.P.S. Shop

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 20 Oct, 2015

Why Your Neighborhood C.O.P.S. Shop is a Natural Location for Block Watch

Block Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. Block Watch fights the isolation that crime both creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among residents, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relations between the police and the communities they serve.

Today, community oriented policing allows the C.O.P.S. shops, police and residents to work together to solve issues involving crime and social concerns in their community. Block Watches are one of the original foundations of community policing and are referred to as the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Members look out for neighbors and their property and report suspicious activities to the police.

However, Block Watches are more than looking out for suspicious activity in neighborhoods. Through community mobilization, citizens form an active partnership in the community. Watches allow individuals the opportunity to discover common interests and goals that they share with their neighbors. The residents work to prevent the possibility of crime in their area and develop a sense of community spirit that encourages more activism.  

The Benefits of Forming an Active Block Watch

·         Having the fast track to reporting crime and unsafe conditions.

·         Notifications about crime trends and scams in your neighborhood.

·         Being a part of community crime prevention.

·         Education on how to protect yourself and your property.

·         Having the means to stop crime in your neighborhood.

How to Start a Block Watch

  • Obtain a Block Watch Representative application from this link or go to your nearest C.O.P.S. shop .
  • Contact your neighbors. Ask them if they would be interested in meeting. Your needs and interests should fit the uniqueness of your area and your neighbors. Stay flexible (meeting locations, frequency, topics, size, etc.).
  • Once your application has been approved, a volunteer from your substation will call you to set up a time and place for your first meeting. A Block Watch Coordinator is available to run this meeting.
  • Notify interested neighbors. Once you and the C.O.P.S. volunteer have decided on a meeting time and place, let your neighbors know. C.O.P.S. volunteers can help develop a flyer for you to distribute, or you can call your neighbors direct.
  • First meeting. At this time the C.O.P.S. volunteer will help people feel at ease, explain the value of Block Watch, and address particular interests and concerns they have about the neighborhood. This will include filling out the Block Map – a list of names, addresses and phone numbers which are reproduced and distributed to each of the member homes. Topics for future meetings can also be explored.


If you are interested in starting a Block Watch in your neighborhood, contact your nearest C.O.P.S. shop or the Spokane C.O.P.S. main office at 509-625-3301.

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