The Neighborhood Watch Program was created for citizens to work with local law enforcement officers to detect and prevent crimes in their neighborhood.  To start a group:

  1. Call David Craig at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Community Policing Unit at (850) 436-9281 to schedule a time to set up the program and to provide necessary training.
  2. Locate a place and time for your first meeting and distribute flyers announcing the event to every household in the neighborhood – including people who may be creating problems. This will alert them that neighbors will be working with law enforcement to reduce crime in the neighborhood.  ECSO will gladly provide you with the flyers.
  3. At the meeting, the ECSO representative will give you the basics, answer any questions and supply applications and other documents.
  4. Elect a President at that gathering to run subsequent meetings and act as the liaison between your members and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.


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The ECSO is very pleased to offer a Neighborhood Watch Academy to interested Escambia County adult residents.  Are you interested in how a Neighborhood Watch program works?
Would you like to start a watch group in your neighborhood?
Do you want to improve your existing Neighborhood Watch group to adopt the best practices for safety and effectiveness?

Then the Neighborhood Watch Academy is for you!  Use our online quick sign-up form.

This class will increase your crime prevention knowledge, thereby enhancing your personal safety. You’ll also learn best practices for running a safe and effective neighborhood watch group without fear of retribution.

From 5:00 PM to 5:15 PM you will be served a free meal. The crime prevention seminar is from 5:15 PM to 9:00 PM. This event is at the Sheriff’s Office administration building located at 1700 West Leonard Street. You will be greeted at the front door at 5:00 PM and directed to the dining area and training room. Class seating is limited so you may be scheduled for a future class.
You will be notified by email when your placement in this class is confirmed. 

Be prepared to take notes. The dress code is casual.

Upcoming dates for Neighborhood Watch Academy:


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Please check with the individual neighborhood watch contact persons to confirm a specific meeting schedule.  The information is updated regularly but is subject to changes without notice.