The Dothan Police Department in partnership with the mayor, City Commission, other city agencies and concerned citizens of our community are proud to be a part of Dothan Community Watch, a grassroots program that specializes in addressing community issues with an eye on reducing crime in our city. The concerned citizens in our community have established numerous groups across the city to take on the local problems in their areas including addressing criminal activity.
What is Community Watch?
Dothan Community Watch is an effective crime prevention program that provides training and systems to citizens to help prevent crime in their neighborhoods. It also facilitates discussion and encourages citizen-based solutions to local problems with the assistance of government, where possible. The program does not encourage direct citizen intervention in the apprehension of suspects, but instead works by giving citizens the tools to effectively utilize the police department apparatus of the city in accomplishing a reduction in criminal activity and prevention of crime in their areas.
Some of the chief benefits of establishing an active community watch group in your neighborhood includes:
- It can help reduce crime
- It can help facilitate neighborly discussions about how to solve other problems
- It can allow neighbors to get to know each other
- It provides opportunities for social interaction among neighbors
Dothan Community Watch is administered by the Dothan Police Department’s Community Impact Team, a team of seven officers including one full-time coordinator and six part-time coordinators who work together to meet the demands of the program.
National Night Out
Each year, Dothan Community Watch participates in the National Night Out celebration to shine a light on crime. The program’s next city-wide celebration will be held in August of 2017.
The event includes live entertainment, displays and information within the Civic Center as well as demonstrations outside the Civic Center. The Wiregrass Food Bank will have a canned food drive so please bring some canned items to donate. There will be inflatables and lots of vehicles for kids to look at and touch.
In addition to this event, the Community Watch program encourages community watch groups to hold block parties throughout the city. Numerous events each year all around the city.
How to Start a Community Watch Group
The first step in establishing an active community watch group is to care about your safety and about the safety of your neighbors. Do this by remaining alert and using your senses to help defend your neighborhood against victimization.
The next thing you can do is contact the Community Impact Team to find out more about starting a group and scheduling a meeting for you and your neighbors to get together and find solutions to the problems your community faces.
Please contact the Community Watch Program Coordinator by telephone (334) 793-0230 to learn more about starting a community watch group in your area.