Neighborhood Watch Program
The purpose of the Neighborhood Watch Program is to improve communications with your Police Department, address safety concerns, reduce burglaries and provide members with crime prevention instruction.
Through this partnership we can work together to promote a safe neighborhood and reduce crime to its lowest possible level. The key ingredient of this program is you. With your participation and willingness to notify the police department of problems and concerns, your subdivision will become or continue to be crime resistant.
If you would like to help establish a Neighborhood Watch Group in your subdivision please contact Officer Melissa Doss at 636-278-2244, ext. 3550, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood Watch Meetings:
- A Neighborhood Watch group usually consists of ten to fifteen homes located in the same general area of the subdivision.
- A Neighborhood Watch group is considered active if it meets at least twice a year. To qualify for Neighborhood Watch signs, the group must meet this minimal requirement.
- The meetings can be held anywhere in the City of St. Peters. The meeting may be held in a member’s home, on a street in the subdivision (weather permitting), at the St. Peters Police Department or at St. Peters City Hall.
- Each meeting will last no longer than one hour.
- The meeting will be conducted by a representative from the St. Peters Police Department.
- Meetings may include questions and concerns from members of the Neighborhood Watch.
- Plus, police provide training on one of the following crime prevention topics:
- Identifying suspicious activity and crime reporting*
- Home security*
- Child Safety/abduction prevention
- Personal Safety
- Internet Safety for Kids and Adults
- Drug Awareness and Prevention
- Scam Prevention
*Required training for each group
Neighborhood Watch Signs & Decals:
Every Active Neighborhood Watch Group will be supplied two Neighborhood Watch signs for their group. If the signs can be posted in the City’s right-of-way there will be no charge for installation. All signs and posts will remain the property of the City of St. Peters and will be removed if the group becomes inactive.
Each member of a Neighborhood Watch Group will be provided with two Neighborhood Watch Decals. The Decals can be displayed at the front and rear door of the residence but are not required.
- Each group will have one member that is designated as Block Coordinator for the group.
- The Block Coordinator will be responsible for setting up Neighborhood Watch meetings with the Police Department.
- To set up a meeting, the Block Captain will contact the St. Peters Police Department and request a meeting date. A meeting date and time will be established.
- The Police Department will provide flyers detailing the meeting information. The flyers will be sent to the Block Coordinator.
- The Block Coordinator will be responsible for distributing the flyers to the members of the group.
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Citizen Police Academy
The mission of the St. Peters Citizen Police Academy is to provide a partnership for learning and to build a stronger bond with our community. It is also intended to open the lines of communication between the Community and the Police Department. The role of the Police has always been an area interest to the average citizen. The media has capitalized on this curiosity with shows such as “Cops” and “CSI.”
By allowing citizens a firsthand look at what rules, regulations and policies the police follow, some misunderstandings about police can be alleviated. The objective of the Citizen Police Academy is to produce informed citizens. The Citizens and Police Officers meet each other face to face in a neutral, friendly environment. In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform, now they have an understanding about the person behind the badge.
The Citizen Police Academy is held twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, for approximately 12 weeks. The classes are Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at our Police Department.
During the Academy, you will learn about the following topics:
- 911 System and Communications
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Missouri/Constitutional Law
- Verbal Judo
- Defensive Tactics/Use of Force/Pressure Points
- Methods of Investigations
- Officer Survival
- Emergency Management
- School Resource Officers
- Child Abuse
- DWI Enforcement
- Radar Operations
- Traffic Accident Investigations
- Controlled Substances and Undercover Drug Operations
Each student gets one ride along with a patrol officer during their Academy time. This provides the student the opportunity to see firsthand the everyday operations of our patrol officers.
At the end of the Academy, students will have a Graduation at the Board of Alderman’s meeting at City Hall and join a long list of distinguished graduates.
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must pass a criminal back-ground check
- Open to all residents of St. Charles County
- $30 course fee
- Must sign a “Hold Harmless” agreement prior to the start of class
To sign up, please contact:
P.O. Melissa Doss
636-278-2244 ext. 3550
1020 Grand Teton Drive
St. Peters, Mo., 63376
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