The Cottonwood Heights Police Department works
in conjunction with the Cottonwood Heights Neighborhood Watch to create a safer
community for all residents. Help your community by getting involved.
Contact Police Support Specialist Sharron Broadhead at
801-944-7104 for more information about how to start Neighborhood Watch in
Heights Neighborhood Watch is also on Facebook:
Neighborhood Watch holds training meetings
regularly. Check the calendar for dates and information.
Neighborhood Watch, simply put, is “neighbors
helping neighbors.” It requires awareness and involvement.
Neighborhood Watch is knowing that crime can and does happen and taking steps
to prevent and report crime.
History of Neighborhood Watch
13th, 1964 the rape and murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens New
York outraged people after reports were recounted that a dozen witnesses
did nothing to save Genovese or to apprehend her killer. This led to the
formation of groups to watch over their neighborhood. In the mid
70's a Detroit neighborhood banded together to combat drugs and
prostitution in their neighborhood. The National Sheriffs’ Association
formalized a program and promoted it across the country. In Cottonwood Heights
many groups were formed under the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office. When
Cottonwood Heights Police Department was formed, one of the first orders of
business was to seek out these groups and encourage others to get involved. Many
new groups have since been organized.
Many neighborhood watch groups are organized
because of a trigger event such as the cases cited above. Why wait until
a tragedy occurs? When neighbors know one another and care about
each other, it is easy to form a group and have steps in place to prevent and
report crime. This works well as a stand alone group or a function of a
neighborhood association or other community function such as Emergency
Neighborhood Watch is not a vigilante
organization as members are encouraged to contact authorities and not to
intervene. WE SEE-WE HEAR-WE CALL is our motto.
Here in Cottonwood Heights we continue this
grass roots tradition of helping and watching over our neighbors. Get to
know who belongs in your neighborhood. Learn what’s suspicious and should be
reported. Program the dispatch number (801 840-4000) into your cell
phone. Report suspicious activity and secure your home.
Scott Pelley of
CBS News wrote "The happiest people I have met are those in service to
others. The surest way to happiness is to be part of something bigger than
ourselves. To reach out and touch another person with compassion and
respect is a moment of humility that releases your spirit to soar." For
information on Neighborhood Watch call Sharon of the Cottonwood Heights
Police Department at (801)944-7104.
Introduction of Neighborhood Watch Brochure Click Here
How to Secure Your Home and Property Brochure Click Here
Personal Security Brochure Click Here