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Neighbourhood watch

Alert message sent 19/12/2018 10:43:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Hello Paul
My name is Jessica and I work for West Midlands Police as an engagement officer.

I have been passed your contact details by members of your local police team, PCSOs Jones and Wilson – as well as PC Manboard-Jones, as they have recently spoke to you regarding Neighbourhood Watch.

It’s my role to support and develop Neighbourhood Watch and key community contacts.

Below I have outlined some steps in how to go about developing a watch and registering it so I can keep you updated with news, crime prevention advice and, sometimes, goods!

-Sign on to WMNow website.

Once you have signed on, you’ll need to log onto your account and register the watch – I have a word document guide on how to do this, but I would need to email it you directly. Which I can do if you're happy for me to do so.

Some other advice about setting up a watch I've included below -

-Speak to your neighbours and gauge how many would be interested in being a part of the Watch.

-Decide how you would like to communicate (social media, texts, meetings, news letters).

There is no right or wrong way of running a Watch group, some use Whatsapp or social media, email, newsletters or meetings. Whichever way you choose, your Police team will be supportive.
If you choose to have meetings, then police might not always be able to attend but will try their best.

-Decide with your group what you would like to achieve with the Watch. Would you like to reduce crime in the area? Improve community spirit and neighbourliness? Improve litter or Anti-social behaviour? Watch groups can assist with all these things, and we’re here to help.

-Stickers and signs

We currently have no street signs, but we do have window stickers which can be provided. We will be getting funding for signs soon –watch this space!


If your Watch groups wants to become constituted and hold a bank account, then you can apply for Active Citizens funding for crime prevention and other NHW goods.  If you do not want to become constituted then we can provide some goods, or sometimes larger groups do supply goods to smaller Watches.

-Crime prevention goodies

As above, we do have some and will always do our best to share with our Watch groups. You will received messages from WMNow when we have goods available.

I hope this email has made the process clearer, and please feel free to contact myself directly (details below)  or your PCSOs with any questions.

Thank you
Engagement & Consultation Officer
Sandwell Partnership Team
West Midlands Police

Switchboard / Internal: 101 Ext. 8113043
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Jessica Redmond (Police,Community engagement officer,Sandwell, partnerships)

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