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REMINDER: Please RSVP for Neighborhood Watch Block Captains Training!

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  • Cecilia Jones
    Dear Neighbors, Neighborhood Watch is a tried-and-true way for communities to come together and reduce crime. Knowing your neighbors and working together on
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2009
    Dear Neighbors,

    Neighborhood Watch is a tried-and-true way for communities to come together and reduce crime. Knowing your neighbors and working together on common issues is really the way to make things better. Having an active, informed network of neighbors is one of the most important ways to not only create a feeling of community, but to reduce the risk of crime. By joining forces with a broad-based program like ours, your block will gain information, visibility, and the capability to recognize and resolve problems more quickly and easily by leveraging others' knowledge and experience. The time-commitment is flexible. Of the many things that Block Captain can do, beyond the minimum duties, each Block Captain is free to choose what's right for their block.

    Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2009

    Time: 7:30 to 9 PM (please come by 7:15 to sign in, so that we can start on time)

    Place: MPD 3D Substation, 750 Park Road NW (between Sherman and Georgia Ave)

    Who Should Attend: People who want to become Neighborhood Watch Block Captains. Not sure? Please read the attached guide that describes Neighborhood Watch and Block Captain responsibilities. Businesses & Apartments: You can participate too.

    Cost: Free! All are welcome, materials and free refreshments will be served

    RSVP: Please e-mail nwchca@... to RSVP by Sunday, December 6.

    We will have MPD support and participation!


    Samantha Nolan, long-time Neighborhood Watch Director and MPD 2nd District Citizens Advisory Chair will conduct the training session
    • Starting and managing Neighborhood Watch programs
    • Reporting crime: how to communicate effectively with police
    • How communities can take back their neighborhoods by working effectively with police
    • Tips for Block Captains and success stories

    Samantha will be showing a brand new slide show of actual photographs taken in Columbia Heights. The photos will show real photographs of potential crime scenes. I'm sure that it will be very interesting and educational. 

    Jason Berry, a Columbia Heights community leader, will present a practical guide to being a Block Captain. Jason has years of experience in community organizing and will help us with the difficult work of outreach.

    With the holidays coming, people are going to be busier and busier--please approach your neighbors who you know would make great Block Captains and ask that they put our training on their calendar now. Please share copies of the attached flyer.

    NOTE: Many people have been asking questions about NWCHCA's boundaries, and whether they can attend Block Captains training if they do not live in PSA 302. The answer is YES!  All who are interested are welcome to come to Block Captains training, even if you live outside of NWCHCA's geographic boundaries, or outside of PSA 302.
    Please come, and spread the word!

    Cecilia Jones
    President, Northwest Columbia Heights Community Association (NWCHCA)
    202-299-7868 (cell)

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” --Mahatma Gandhi

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