The Prince William County Police Department has announced an upcoming Neighborhood Watch training event.

Safety starts at home and in the community. That's why Prince William County Police are holding a Neighborhood Watch training session on September 18 at their Western District Station in Manassas. First launched in 1972, the Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most successful citizen-police partnerships in the country. It is sponsored by the National Sheriffs' Association and promoted by the National Crime Prevention Council. Contrary to popular belief, the Neighborhood Watch isn't about vigilantism. Participants are actively discouraged from taking the law into their own hands. The whole purpose of the Watch is to recruit and train members of the community to do their part to make sure that crimes and potential crimes are reported to the proper authorities. Neighborhood Watch members are trained how to recognize potential dangers in their community, who to notify, and how to help victims of crimes before the police arrive. The September 18 event promises to cover the basics of crime reporting, how to be prepared in case of emergency, how to actually go on a Neighborhood Watch patrol, and dealing with active violence situations.
Police are encouraging all interested Prince William County residents to come out for the training. If you are already in the Neighborhood Watch, this is a perfect opportunity for a refresher session. If you are not yet a member, you can learn more about teaming up with your local police to help keep your community safe. The training session will take place on September 18, 2017, at the Paul T. White Jr. Western District Station, which is located at 8900 Freedom Center Blvd. in Manassas. The training will kick off at 7 p.m. and is expected to last about an hour. There will be time set aside for questions and answers, so be sure to come prepared with questions related to keeping your community safe. The event is free and walk-ins are certainly welcome, but if you know you will be attending, Prince William County Police are asking you to RSVP so they can be sure they have enough materials. You can RSVP by emailing jalicie@pwcgov.org. If you want more information about the Neighborhood Watch training event, you can call the Crime Prevention Unit at (703) 792-7270.

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