West Covina Police DepartmentWest Covina Police Department

West Covina has a long history of providing crime prevention programs to our residents.  Currently the two programs in effect are the Neighborhood Watch and Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.  Neighborhood Watch was instituted nationally in 1964, and the Crime Multi-Housing Program was launched in 1992.  West Covina began using the program in 1997.

Community Meetings

Approximately 2 – 3 years ago, the Service Area Lieutenants were enlisted to conduct Community Meetings within their Service Areas.  These meetings are similar to Neighborhood Watch meetings how they address more political directed concerns.  These meetings were from the direction of the then City Manager Chris Chung.

Neighborhood Watch

Residents who are interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch group often contact the police Department for guidance.  Once a central point of contact for the group has been established, they will be identified as a Block or Group Captain.  The Group Captain can contact their representative Service Area Lieutenant to coordinate the development of a Neighborhood Watch group.

The Group Captain will be asked to provide at least three available days to host the first meeting.  The Group Captain will be tasked with compiling a list of the group concerns that will be provided to the police department prior to the meeting date.  During this time, the Group Captain will set the location of the meeting and be responsible for advertising and/or making flyers to distribute to their immediate neighborhood.  The Group Captain will also be responsible for providing sufficient seating as well as any refreshments they choose to provide.

Police Department personnel will research and attempt to provide crime statistics for your neighborhood that can be shared with group members.  Instructions will be provided on use of the police department CrimeReports.com that is available via internet 24 hours a day.

At the meeting, a synopsis of the department’s commitment to working with our crime prevention groups, as well as explanations to the crime in the area will be discussed.

Ideas will be shared with the group to assist your neighborhood in crime prevention.

It is suggested that the group hold at least two neighborhood watch meetings a year and participate in the police departments National Night Out program which takes place their first Tuesday in August every year.