Wednesday, April 23, 2008

In Partnership

Alan Howe - Chairman RNWA, Lisa Cherry - Borough NHW Manager, and David Grant - Borough CommanderLast year a new body was formed – The Redbridge Neighbourhood Watch Association [RNWA]. Born from the success of the Borough Watch Manager in promoting and organising new Neighbourhood Watches [NHW], she created far too much work for herself. It was time for the Neighbourhood Watches themselves to give a helping hand, it’s aim to “To assist, organise and develop Neighbourhood Watches”.

There is no prescribed template for a Neighbourhood Watch. Each watch is managed by the residents to suit their own needs, but it is preferable that watches in an area work together on matters of mutual concern and aid and support each other. It is also pertinent to have a template to ensure some level of consistency in the support that can be expected from the Police and that which is given in return.

In association with Chief Inspector Peter Dickson, in charge of Community Policing in Redbridge, the RNWA have signed up to a Partnership Agreement, the first of its kind in the Metropolitan Area. Pictured, Alan Howe - Chairman RNWA, Lisa Cherry - Borough NHW Manager, and David Grant - Borough Commander. Also being worked on is a coordinators handbook.

I know that many local NHW people already read this blog, but if you do not have a NHW and would be interested in starting one your first point of call should be your Safer Neighbourhood Team. You can contact the RNWA Chairman here.

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