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Crime Prevention: It's everyone's business!

Cascade County Neighborhood Watch is a community program in which citizens work together with the Great Falls Police Department and Cascade County Sheriff's Office to detect and prevent criminal activity. The focus is on reporting suspicious people/vehicles and securing homes and personal property. In addition, officers from the police department provide basic crime prevention tips.

The Cascade County Neighborhood Watch program currently includes the communities of Great Falls, Cascade, and Black Eagle.

Mission Statement

Cascade County Neighborhood Watch is a group of concerned citizens dedicated to actively seek, educate, and involve residents, neighborhoods, and communities in "A Partnership in Crime Prevention." In partnership with the Police Department and Sheriff's Office, this will be achieved through the development of crime awareness, observation, skills training, and reporting.

Objectives

To create an organization of neighbors within the Black Eagle, Cascade, and Great Falls communities who:

It is hoped that the members of Cascade County Neighborhood Watch will participate both actively and passively. This means that they are "active" in community events and meetings when able, and "passive" by simply watching and communicating observations to the proper authorities.

Organization

We have several different levels of responsibilities:

Watcher: This is everyone. Everyone keeps a watchful eye on each other and reports anything out of the ordinary (suspicious) to the Police Department/Sheriff's Office.

Block Captain: This is your Block Leader. The Block Captain's biggest "job" is to pass information on to the Watcher and let the Work Station Supervisor know when there are changes. The Block Captain will also welcome new residents and encourage law-abiding citizens to join the Neighborhood Watch as well as coordinate a Block meeting, if so desired.

Area/Group Coordinator: This person is the leader of a group of Block Captains within a common residential neighborhood and has many of the same responsibilities as the Block Captain; however, he or she will interface between the Block Captains. An Area/Group Coordinator will also coordinate area meetings with the Block Captains, if so desired.

Committee Member: Anyone who feels the calling to make an impact on the way we conduct business, such as what materials we provide new members in their member packet, the topics covered at periodic meetings, goals, etc. Area/Group Coordinator typically attends Committee meetings.

Areas/Groups

Watch areas are named for the area of the city in which they are located. For example, Neighborhood Watch Blocks in and around the Longfellow Elementary School area are called the "Longfellow Watch" and the Watch located in the Mountainview Addition is called the "Mountainview Watch."

History

Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and best-known crime prevention concepts in North America. In the late 1960s, an increase in crime heightened the need for a crime prevention initiative focused on residential areas and involving local citizens. The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) responded, creating the National Neighborhood Watch Program in 1972 to assist citizens and law enforcement. In 2002, the NSA in partnership with USA Freedom Corps, Citizen Corps and the U.S. Department of Justice launched USA on Watch, the face of the revitalized Neighborhood Watch initiative, which represents the expanded role of watch programs throughout the United States.

Although the Cascade County Neighborhood Watch Program is not a member of the National program, we typically follow their guidance, as well as the National Crime Prevention Council, in the direction we take. We typically take, what we feel, are the best of all programs and localized them to fit our goals.

USA on Watch empowers citizens to become active in homeland security efforts through participation in Neighborhood Watch groups. Many neighborhoods already have established watch groups that are vibrant, effective, and can take on this expanded role with ease. For neighborhoods without thriving groups, the renewed emphasis on emergency preparedness and response may provide the right incentive for citizens to participate in Neighborhood Watch in their community.

To learn more, visit the National Crime Prevention Council at http://www.ncpc.org the USA On Watch at http://www.usaonwatch.org, the Montana Crime Prevention Association at http://www.mtcrimeprevention.org, and browse the site.

Getting Started

So you want to start a Neighborhood Watch in your neighborhood... HERE'S HOW!

Contact your local RSVP at 406-454-6990, and we will pass your information on to a Neighborhood Watch Area Coordinator who will contact you about setting up a watch in your area or on your block.

OR

Contact your local Police Department or, if you live in the county, your local Sheriff's Office, and they will guide you in the right direction.

Here are some important numbers that you may find useful for local complaints:

Adult Protective Services: 268-7963
Animal Complaints (City): 454-2276
Animal Complainst (County): 454-6978
Assault: 9-1-1
Belligerent and Loud Yelling/Cussing/Fighting: 9-1-1
Burglary (in-progress): 9-1-1
Burglary/Theft (City — over 30-minutes ago) REPORT ONLINE: http://www.greatfallsmt.net/people_offices/police/citizencrimereports.php
Child & Family Services Hotline: 866-820-5437
City Code Issues (City) on Private Property: 455-8574 or http://www.greatfallsmt.net/people_offices/plancomdev/building/propcomplaint.php
Drug Activity (City): 771-1180, Street Detectives
Drug Activity (County): 454-6978
Fair Housing Issues (City): 455-8418 or http://www.greatfallsmt.net/people_offices/plancomdev/cdbg/fairhouse.php
Fire: 9-1-1
Intersection Visibility (City): 771-1401
Junk Vehicles (City — Private Property): 455-8574 or http://www.greatfallsmt.net/people_offices/plancomdev/building/propcomplaint.php
Junk Vehicles (City - Public Property): 771-1180 Dispatch
Junk Vehicles (County): 454-6905 jshillingburg@cascadecountymt.gov
Medical Issue: 9-1-1
Neighborhood Councils (City): 455-8496 or http://www.greatfallsmt.net/people_offices/ncouncils/
Police Department: Non-Emergency: 771-1180 Dispatch
Probation and Parole: http://www.cor.mt.gov/default.mcpx https://app.mt.gov/conweb/
Rape: 9-1-1
Road Department (County): 454-6913
Sanitation Department (City): 771-1404
Sexual & Violent Offenders Database: http://doj.mt.gov/svor/
Shooting (Weapons): 9-1-1
Sidewalks/Easements (City): 771-1268
Street Department (City): 771-1401
Suspicious Person: 9-1-1
Trees (City): 771-1265
Vehicle Complaints: 771-1180 Dispatch

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