September 18, 2019

Establishing a Neighborhood Watch Coordination Office

Having set up a neighborhood watch group, it may be necessary to establish an office from where the the activities of the organization would be coordinated. The office would also serve as the neighborhood watch’s base, some sort of command center if you like. Having an office from where the neighborhood watch is run is better than having a scenario where the activities of the neighborhood watch are coordinated from an individual’s home.

After making the decision to establish a neighborhood watch coordination office, the first challenge will be that of procuring the actual office space. Ideally, the office space that is procured should be within the neighborhood in question. It should be an office that can be reached from all corners of the neighborhood: a centrally-located office. Some members of the neighborhood may be more than willing to donate office space for the purpose, once they are persuaded that a neighborhood watch is a good thing and that they ought to support it.

Once the neighborhood watch office space has been procured, the next challenge is that of equipping the office. Most neighborhood watch offices tend to be equipped in a very basic and Spartan manner. For some reason, their appearance reminds me of credit cards online login pages, which tend to be rather bare, with spaces only being provided for entry of usernames and passwords. In a similar manner, neighborhood watch coordination offices tend to have only a couple or so seats, a couple or so files and perhaps an old desktop computer with a CRT monitor…

The next challenge, after procuring office space for the neighborhood watch coordination office and equipping it is that of staffing the office. In some cases, it may be possible to find volunteers within the neighborhood to staff the neighborhood watch coordination office. But we also have some big and well organized neighborhood watch groups that are able to employ professionals to run their coordination offices.