Review of Neighbourhood Watch & OWL.
Dear Watch Member,
As you may be aware, the Police and Crime Commissioner has asked for a review of ‘Watch’ schemes in Staffordshire, including our continued use of OWL. Any decisions made may have a significant impact on what we do, and how we communicate with you. We currently have over 3000 addresses registered directly in the Stafford Borough District, including residents, businesses and schools. There are nearly 26,000 addresses registered across Staffordshire. Many, many more people receive information forwarded to them.
Prior to starting to use OWL in 2008, all alerts were sent via telephone only (no email!) to a relatively small number of local co-ordinators, who then passed them on to their neighbours. Often, meetings were held to pass on information. While some still do this, our ability to contact people directly has transformed our communications, and in turn attracted many more people who want to be kept informed about local crimes and scams. Some are members of a ‘traditional’ scheme, with a street co-ordinator, others simply individuals being kept alert and informed. Either way, the number of people involved has grown enormously, and we hope the information received is useful.
I have been asked to find a small number of people who would be willing to meet with the person carrying out this review, to discuss this. Whether you are a co-ordinator, or simply a member, if you would like to offer to take part, please contact me as a matter of urgency.
If you have any comments at all about Neighbourhood Watch, Business Watch etc, and the information you receive from us via OWL, please send them via email within the next 7 days, and I will forward them all.
I believe it is important that the review takes into consideration the views of the very many people who are involved, and encourage you to respond.
If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: patrick.connor
Watch Liaison Officer
Tel: 01785 234129