Minni
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Minni asked in News & EventsCurrent Events · 7 years ago

What are the duties of a neighborhood watch group?

Inspired by the Zimmerman trial, I am wondering what the duties of a neighborhood watch group are? Does it vary from group to group based on the needs of the community? Specifically Zimmerman was a captain how was he appointed. Are most members armed? Do they receive police training?

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    Neighborhood watch is conducted by the neighborhood. You gather people that don't like getting their **** stolen and assign shifts for people to do a little walk around ever once in a while to look out for each other and "CALL THE COPS" when they see something illegal. It's not a militia or civil service. It's a community that looks after eachother. It does vary group to group depending on the reason a neighborhood watch needs to be started. Sometimes a gun would be needed but that's more for rural areas. He was appointed because he probably volunteered to keep up with everything. And training isn't required it's like gathering your friends to play a game of basketball.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    The non-obligatory duties of a neighbourhood watch captain include the following:

    Have a look out the window

    Make a note on the notepad of any suspicious behaviour/activity or things/persons of interest, dates & times etc

    Shout from the window to deter criminal activity if he wishes/threaten to call 911

    Contact the local police dept on the non-emergency number to report items recorded on notepad

    Call 911 in emergency situations requiring immediate police and/or ambulance service intervention

    If he does none of the above, he can still be neighbourhood watch captain. Notice how I didn't use the words "confront" "chase" "restrain" or "pursue" in that outline of his so-called duties?

    They don't receive any police training but as you can see from the type of tasks they do, none is required.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    It's usually just old people attending a social club, away from their other social club in the evening. It has little or no effect on crime.

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