Check out the “Calendar” to the right for upcoming scheduled Neighborhood Watch meetings.
How to start a Neighborhood Watch:
If you would like the Gautier Police Department to assist in setting up a Neighborhood Watch program in your area, call the number listed below or send us an email.
A packet containing the necessary materials will be brought to you so you may familiarize yourself with the program. Then we can choose a place and time and schedule a meeting.
A powerpoint presentation will be shown at the meeting followed by a question and answer forum. During this time, citizens can discuss concerns, ideas and solutions for preventing and reporting crimes in your neighborhood. If available, a Watch Coordinator will be appointed along with any volunteer Block Captains.
“Watch Patrols” may be conducted by volunteer citizens but only in a safe manner as not to put the watchers in harms way.
Once a Neighborhood Watch program is established in your area, metal “watch” signs will be posted in various locations.
These meetings should be conducted every 6 – 8 weeks to keep citizens informed of any current crime trends.
If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch program in your area, please contact:
Officer Diane Schmid 228-497-2486
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Click here to view our Report A Crime page.
Officers on Patrol…
may not know the neighborhood and its activities as well as those who live there.
cannot be everywhere all of the time.
may not notice something or someone as being suspicious.
stand out in police cars which makes it difficult to catch someone “in the act”.
Watchers should never…
confront or question subjects
attempt to stop or detain subjects
put themselves in a dangerous situation
Ways you can help by being a watch member…
reporting possible crimes in progress
reporting and documenting suspicious activity
looking out for neighbors that are out of town
looking out for neighbors who are elderly, handicapped or alone
Click here to purchase Neighborhood Watch materials: http://www.nnwi.org/