National Neighborhood Watch – a Division of the National Sheriffs' Association

The National Neighborhood Watch (formerly website is sponsored by FXS.



The National Neighborhood Watch Resource Center is a point of access to information and publications that will assist you and your group in building a watch group. Our goal is to provide you content regarding crime prevention, community response, networking programs, starting a group, revitalizing, or general community information. By becoming a member of the National Neighborhood Watch you will gain access to many more resources. Please come back from time to time as we are always working to improve the resources we provide.

Starting A Group – Basic information about starting a group and what the program is all about.
Pandemic Publications – Created to assist law enforcement and watch group coordinators with educating watch members about a pandemic.
As a member of National Neighborhood Watch you will be granted access to:
  • Official Publications – These are publications that National Neighborhood Watch has created in direct response to requests for information by law enforcement and citizens.
  • Meeting Topics/Tips – A list of meeting topics and ideas for your group.
  • Newsletters – an archive of email newsletters
  • Sample Documents – Items created by the field that might be helpful for organizing.
  • Toolkit Resources – resources that are found within our Neighborhood Watch Toolkit

For over 60 years, The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) has been dedicated to raising the bar of professionalism for those practicing in the criminal justice field. At the heart of this objective are collaborative programs designed to help enable sheriffs, their deputies, chiefs of police, and others in the field to perform their jobs to the best of their ability and to most effectively serve the people in their jurisdictions.

As a result of the events that took place on September 11, 2001, these collaborations have become even more important and serve as a vital component in securing our homeland. National Sheriffs' Association values the alliances it has formed with the organizations listed below. The National Sheriffs' Association uses the resources below to help keep America safe.


Bureau of Justice Assistance:
The mission of BJA is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities.

Federal Emergency Management Agency:
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.


Office of Justice Programs:
The OJP provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist crime victims. OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General and comprises five component bureaus and two offices:

  • Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • National Institute of Justice
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • ​Office for Victims of Crime

Citizen Corps:
The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to help make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.

Community Emergency Response Team:
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trains people in neighborhoods, the workplace, and schools in basic disaster response skills, such as fire suppression, urban search and rescue, and medical operations, and helps them take a more active role in emergency preparedness.

Fire Corps:
Fire Corps enhances the ability of fire departments to utilize citizen advocates and provide individuals with opportunities to support their local fire and rescue departments with their time and talent.

Medical Reserve Corps:
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) coordinates volunteer health professionals, as well as other citizens with an interest in health issues, to provide ongoing support for community public health needs and resources during large-scale emergencies.

Volunteers in Police Service:
Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) works to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers. VIPS serves as a gateway to resources and information for and about law enforcement volunteer programs. Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, VIPS is managed and implemented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Community Oriented Policing Services:
This Office was created as a result of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. As a component of the Justice Department, the mission of theOffice is to advance community policing in jurisdictions of all sizes across the country.

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC):
Famous for its famous dog's motto, "Take a Bite out of Crime," the National Crime Prevention Council is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating individuals and communities about crime prevention.

Nation Association of Town Watches(NATW):
The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of organized, law enforcement-affiliated crime and drug prevention programs.

Links to other useful sites: