Our Mission

To EDUCATE, EMPOWER and ENGAGE residents to collaborate with one another and city agencies to improve the safety and quality of life for the people within our community.

Our Vision

A caring and consistent sense of community in which people are engaged in support of one another.

About Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most well-known crime prevention programs in history. It can be traced back to colonial settlements when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of the Neighborhood Watch Program was developed around the country by law enforcement agencies in the 1960’s who were looking for a crime prevention program that would incorporate resident involvement. In 1972, the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) took the concept a step further by seeking funding to make the program a national initiative.

In 1970, our Fresno founder Roz Clark, created her own “village” after a young girl in the neighborhood witnessed a traumatic event. Thus Fresno Police & Neighborhood Watch was born. The program empowers residents to develop vital community relations that unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual residents in a nationwide effort to reduce crime and improve local communities. The success of the program has established Neighborhood Watch as the nation’s premier crime prevention and community mobilization program. Visible signs of the program are seen throughout America—on street signs, window decals, community block parties, and service projects.

In 2021 here in Fresno, the reins passed from Roz Clark to the next generation. We seek collaboration through diversity, equity and inclusion, building trust between the community and law enforcement. In our journey to create a safer community with Fresno Police & Neighborhood Watch, we’re deeply aware of and are actively addressing concerns around racial bias and homophobia, committed to dismantling these stigmas. Our priority is to ensure that our actions are always rooted in fairness, empathy, and respect for every individual, regardless of their racial, ethnic, or sexual identity.

We stand for a neighborhood watch that is inclusive, equitable, and sensitive to the diverse experiences of all our community members. Together, let’s foster an environment where trust and understanding replace fear, bias, and discrimination in all its forms.

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