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Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch

Concerned Neighbors Can Prevent Crime By Joining A Neighborhood Watch:

When neighbors work together with the St. Francis Police Department, it creates the best crime fighting team around. The SFPD cannot have an officer on every corner, so involvement from residents is essential in preventing crime.  Be a good neighbor and make our community safer from criminals by participating in Neighborhood Watch.  The St. Francis Police Department believes in a strong police and community partnership and will be helping with the start-up of a neighborhood watch program in the city.

What is Neighborhood Watch?

Started in 1972 by the National Sheriff’s Organization, Neighborhood Watch is the cornerstone of all crime prevention programs. It enlists the active participation of residents, in cooperation with police, to reduce crimes in the community. Neighborhood Watch is a critical communications tool for our community and will educates you about local crime trends and criminals.  The more you know about crime, the better you’ll be able to recognize suspicious activity in your neighborhood and report it by calling 911. This will  gives police the opportunity to check out what may or may not be a crime and perhaps prevent a criminal from making another victim in our community. Neighborhood Watch also gives the SFPD the opportunity to answer your questions and learn about your concerns so we may serve you better.

Maintaining Neighborhood Watch

For this program to continue to grow and benefit the community, help from residents is needed.  We ask that block captains attend meetings with the SFPD and communicate that information to their neighbors (watch website for upcoming dates).  We recommend that block captain’s and their neighbors have at least one social gather per year — the idea is to get the neighbors together. (Many groups use their Minnesota’s Night To Unite celebrations as a social gathering.)

For Neighborhood Watch groups to maintain active status, it’s important that they:

  • have a block captain or co-captains
  • welcome new neighbors (block captains) and provide them with resources (Neighborhood Watch Manual and block map)
  • hold at least one neighborhood gathering each year (ie, block party, Night to Unite, etc)
  • have an up-to-date block map with the information neighbors want to share (names/children’s names/pets/email/phone)
  • develop a way to communicate within their neighborhoods (start an e-group on Facebook/google/yahoo/, develop a phone tree to advise neighbors of any issues in the neighborhood, etc)
  • share information with neighbors that may not have email/Internet

Block Captain Enrollment

We encourage participation in the community and are looking for people who are willing to be block captains.  Block captains are responsible for relaying information to the members on their block, keeping up to date information on residents, making special efforts to involve the elderly, working parents and young people.  Block captains also serve as liaisons between the neighborhood and the police and will communicate information about meetings and crime incidents to all residents.

Block Captain Responsibilities

Neighborhood Watch block captains are responsible for keeping up-to-date block maps, distributing meeting information, encouraging attendance, and organizing Minnesota’s Night To Unite celebrations and any other social gatherings. If desired, block captains can schedule business meetings with the SFPD.

Block Captains Meeting

Location:  St. Francis Police Department

Date:  To be determined.

Time:  6:00 PM

Questions?  Contact us:

Community Event Line

City Hall

Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Monday - Thursday (Closed Fridays)
Phone: 763-753-2630
Fax: 763-753-9881
23340 Cree Street NW
St. Francis, MN 55070

Public Works

Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Phone: 763-233-5200
Fax: 763-233-5205
4058 St. Francis Blvd. NW
St. Francis, MN 55070

Police Department

Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Phone: 763-753-1264
Non-Emergency: 763-427-1212
Fax: 763-235-2319
4058 St. Francis Blvd. NW
St. Francis, MN 55070

Fire Department

Non-Emergency: 763-753-2334
3740 Bridge Street NW
St. Francis, MN 55070