HELP US TO MAKE YOUR COMMUNITY A SAFER PLACE TO LIVE IN

OUR RELATIONSHIP

Relationship Explained

Force area Neighbourhood Watch Associations are key in maintaining the impetus of the Neighbourhood Watch movement at local level. Their role includes providing guidance and, where necessary, policies on the details of how Neighbourhood Watch operates within their area. This includes things like deciding any processes new schemes need to follow and maintaining a good working relationship with the police at force level.

We are keen to support Associations and, in areas where there are no Associations yet, to help with their development. They are our key contact points. We communicate with Associations - rather than directly with members - so that the Association can deliver information to members as it sees fit, in a manner and timescale which fits in with local activity.

Although we refer to 'force level' Associations, they are run by Neighbourhood Watch volunteers - not by the police. The term 'force area' just refers to the same geographical area covered by the police force. It makes sense to have an Association for each force area because this allows for more effective working with the police and for our strategies to be aligned.

GET INVOLVED

Want to know more about how Neighbourhood Watch is run in your area?

Get in touch with your Association contact point listed below.

You can also request copies of the Members' Guide and Window stickers via your Association.

Is there a force area Association where you live? Check the list below.

If not, perhaps you could help get one started.

3 Easy steps

  • If you want to start an Association, we can help with documentation such as a constitution.
  • We can put you in touch with the police 'single point of contact' for Watch issues in your force area.
  • We have lots of templates that can help you get started.

Knowledge Base

Please visit our Knowledge Base for examples of Best Practice and FAQs

Best Practice

FAQ

Meet the force area representatives

Wendy Hull
Avon & Somerset

I have been involved with Neighbourhood Watch for 30 years, initially as a scheme coordinator and then as a Neighbourhood Watch Administrator as an employee of Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Since retiring, I set up and Chair the Bristol Neighbourhood Watch Network Association and I also Chair the South West Region Neighbourhood Watch Forum.

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Graham Boyle
Bedfordshire

I have been involved with Neighbourhood Watch for some time now, holding many posts, and am currently a Street Coordinator in Turvey, the Treasurer for the Bedford and Bedfordshire Associations, and a Bedfordshire volunteer representative in the Eastern Region Partnership.
01234 881753

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John Fuller
Cambridgeshire

I have many years of experience working with Neighbourhood Watch in policing roles and more latterly as Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Association, a role I have held for last three years. I am also a local Coordinator in my village.
07852 795056

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Mike Barns
Cleveland

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Cheshire

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Dr John Perkins
Cumbria

I have a background in Research and Development, marketing and business development, and used to be the Chief Executive of the National Computing Centre. I became involved with Neighbourhood Watch after a couple of 'incidents' in my local village. I took on the role of scheme coordinator and was subsequently invited to join the Board of the Cumbria Association. After 7 years as a national Trustee of NHWN I stood down in 2014 and was elected Honorary President.

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Lynn Farrar
Derbyshire

My background is as a Civil Servant with 30+ years of experience and 15 years in procurement. Taking early retirement in 2006, I found that I had spare time which enabled me to direct my efforts into Neighbourhood and Home Watch activities at local, regional and national level. As well as Derbyshire representative, I am also the national Chair of NHWN.

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Julie Dowton
Devon & Cornwall

Protecting our homes and our possessions is our responsibility. We are responsible for making sure we and our family are safe. Neighbourhood Watch can give us the knowledge and skills to be aware of, and avoid, the dangers. Being part of the problem solving process is very satisfying. That is why for me 20 years on I am still as passionate about Neighbourhood Watch as I was when I started.

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John Shave MBE
Dorset

Since moving to Dorset in 2001, I have volunteered with a number of Neighbourhood Watch groups and community organisations. I have served as Association of Dorset Watches Chairman for the past 8 years. In 2011 I was honoured to receive an MBE for ‘services to Neighbourhood Watch’.

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Danny Cassidy
Durham

Allow me to introduce myself as the chairman of the Durham Neighbourhood Watch Steering Group. Our aim is to formulate and introduce an effective and workable relationship within the county through Neighbourhood Watch, and to increase public participation and membership in the prevention and detection of crime in partnership with the police, local authority, and other organisations in the area and within the national policy of NHWN. We promote communication throughout the county and support all levels of contact within the Neighbourhood Watch framework. We look forward to working with, and for, the community of County Durham.

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John Munton
Dyfed-Powys

I was the youngest Councillor in the country, elected to the Brighton Borough Council at the age of 21. I have worked as a political agent to Government Ministers and also as a Duty Manager at a Marriott Hotel. I’ve lived in Wales for 28 years and have been a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator for 25 years. I was a founder member of the Cardiff Neighbourhood Watch Associations, the Cardiff East Neighbourhood Watch Association, and the South Wales Neighbourhood Watch Associations. I was elected onto the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network Board of Trustees in 2014.

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Clive Stewart
Essex

I am not only Chairman of Essex County Neighbourhood Watch but also Braintree District. More importantly, I have been Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for my village for over 25 years. Ten years ago I was employed by Essex Police to increase Neighbourhood Watch recruitment and within three years membership was up from 13,000 to 25,000 ( previously 13,000). I retired 5 years ago.

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Joan Toon
Gloucestershire

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Janet Gould MBE
Greater Manchester

I have been involved with Neighbourhood Watch and represented Greater Manchester for 23 years. I am a Police Support Volunteer with Greater Manchester Police and was awarded a MBE in 2013 for my services to policing and my community.

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Ken Oliphant
Gwent

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Bob Combes
Hampshire

I have worked with Neighbourhood Watch for the past twelve years at my home in Gosport and currently chair the Hampshire Neighbourhood Watch Association.

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Sue Thompson
Hertfordshire

I have been involved with Neighbourhood Watch in Hertfordshire for over 20 years. I was involved with the setting up of HertsWatch in 2006. I am currently Chair of HertsWatch, which is the county ‘umbrella’ committee which oversees Neighbourhood Watch and all other themed watches.

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Humberside

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David Duncombe
Kent

I am the Kent Neighbourhood Watch representative and Chair for Kent & Medway.

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Roger Baines MBE
Lancashire

My name is Roger Baines MBE. I am chair of Lancashire Combined Watch Forum. I live in Preston in Lancashire. I have been involved in Neighbourhood Watch since 1998.

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Richard Clarke
Leicestershire

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Dennis Browne
Lincolnshire

I became a member of Neighbourhood Watch in the late ‘80s and when I moved to Uttoxeter in 1998 I became Chairman of Uttoxeter and District Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Prevention Panel. Moving to Lincolnshire in 2005 I took over Gainsborough and District and progressed to County Chair. I am also a Police Volunteer and represent them and Neighbourhood Watch on a number of local committees.

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Jim Maddan OBE
London

I joined the police service in London in 1968 and served until retirement in 1999. During this time I developed an interest in Neighbourhood Watch from the police perspective. After retirement I was elected to Wandsworth Borough Council and am currently the Executive Member for Adult Care Services and Health. I worked for the National Neighbourhood Watch Association as a Development Officer until 2002. As well as London Representative, I am also Vice-chair of NHWN.

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Jeff Judge
Merseyside

I am a former Merseyside Police Officer who now volunteers for Neighbourhood Watch. I believe Neighbourhood Watch schemes can help build stronger communities and provide reassurance to residents, particularly those with vulnerabilities. Neighbourhood Watch is a growing movement and I would encourage anyone interesting in becoming involved to get in touch.

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Peter Evans
Norfolk

Since I became the Chairman of Norfolk Home Watch two years ago the committee and I re-built Homewatch and are going from strength to strength. On 1 March 2016 we changed our name to become Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch.

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Nick King
Northamptonshire

Nick took over as chair in 2016 but is no stranger to Neighbourhood Watch.

When he moved with his family to Towcester in South Northamptonshire in 2002 he very soon became involved with that town's group. A few years later he joined the district group and then ultimately became involved with the county group.

He is still involved with all three levels of Neighbourhood Watch as well as being employed by a local charity on a number of community outreach projects.

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Pete Foggin
Northumbria

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John Munton
North Wales

I was the youngest Councillor in the country, elected to the Brighton Borough Council at the age of 21. I have worked as a political agent to Government Ministers and also as a Duty Manager at a Marriott Hotel. I’ve lived in Wales for 28 years and have been a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator for 25 years. I was a founder member of the Cardiff Neighbourhood Watch Associations, the Cardiff East Neighbourhood Watch Association, and the South Wales Neighbourhood Watch Associations. I was elected onto the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network Board of Trustees in 2014.

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Steve Law
North Yorkshire

I am a retired Director of a Further Education College. I have been a NHW Coordinator for 15 years and an officer of the North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association for 10 years. I am currently the Administrator for the North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association and I’m dedicated to ensuring that North Yorkshire remains one of the safest counties in England and Wales to live, work and visit.

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John Lennard
Nottinghamshire

I have been involved with Neighbourhood Watch for over 15 years. I have been the Treasurer of West Bridgford Neighbourhood Watch for seven years. I am a trustee of NottsWatch and the Webmaster. I also deal with the messages that are sent to NottsWatch admin. I am a police volunteer for Nottinghamshire Police. I am one of two East Midlands Representatives for NottsWatch.

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Derek Bateman
South Wales

I moved from South London to Cardiff in 1978 and have been involved with crime prevention activities for many years as Chair of South Wales Neighbourhood Watch, Wales Neighbourhood Watch and RCT CPA and as a Magistrate. I am also an active member of numerous music and drama groups in the Cardiff area.

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John Hallows BEM
South Yorkshire

Whilst in business in the 1970s I suffered from a lot of crime. I joined the South Yorkshire Crime Prevention Panel. In 1986 I started Barnsley Community Safety Partnership, which evolved into Barnsley District Neighbourhood Watch. In 1999 I helped form the County NW association and became representative to the Regional Association. In 2007 I became the Regional Deputy Rep to NHWN and in 2010 became the Regional Rep. I was also a NHWN Trustee from 2012-14.

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Tony Spall
Suffolk

I have been involved with Neighbourhood Watch for well over fifteen years, initially as a co-ordinator for my local scheme, then as a lead co-ordinator for the area network, followed by chair for the Ipswich Area Network Forum. I am privileged to now undertake a new role as chair for the Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association.

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Rodney Amor
Surrey

I have been involved with Neighbourhood Watch locally since 1996 and was elected Chairman of the Surrey Neighbourhood Watch Association in 2007. In Surrey each borough historically developed their own approach to Neighbourhood Watch, and this is reflected now in their diverse volunteer support structures, and in their different approaches to funding, signs, and data management. The County Association is a loose partnership between the representatives of those boroughs who do have a volunteer structure. It provides Neighbourhood Watch in Surrey with a direct link to Surrey Police and the Police and Crime Commissioners Office, encourages mutual support, and develops areas of common interest across the County such as County Awards and coordinator surveys.

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John Wright MBE
Sussex

I am passionate about Neighbourhood Watch and I am a great believer in ‘care in the community’. I lead a strong team of committed pro-active volunteers who help make Neighbourhood Watch a respected and potent force for good in Sussex. In 2013 I was awarded the MBE for services to Neighbourhood Watch and the community in Crawley.

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Val McPherson BEM
Thames Valley

I have been in Neighbourhood Watch for 34 years, and I am the Chair of Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association. I have a committee who are as inspired as I am in enhancing and expanding Neighbourhood Watch across the Thames Valley Region. In 2015 I was awarded a BEM for services to Neighbourhood Watch and the community in my local area.

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Chris Cade
Warwickshire

Within Neighbourhood Watch my roles have included Street Coordinator, Borough Chair, County Chair for Warwickshire and Regional Representative for the West Midlands Region. I served as a National Trustee for 6 months from July to December 2015. I am also an Independent Member of the Trust, Integrity and Ethics Committee for Warwickshire and West Mercia Police.
From January - June 2016 I took on the role of Interim Police Liaison Manager at NHWN in order to help establish more Force Level Associations and to assist existing Force Level Associations in building more effective relationships.

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Paul Leopold
West Mercia

I am a retired Police Officer having served in the Metropolitan and West Midlands Police Forces. I have been actively involved with Neighbourhood Watch for about 12 years.

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West Midlands County

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Maureen Brewer BEM
West Yorkshire

I have been involved with both crime prevention and Neighbourhood Watch for over 30 years. It was for this work that I received my B.E.M. 2016 Honours Award. I am Deputy to the Neighbourhood Watch Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Director and Representative for West Yorkshire at National Neighbourhood Watch along with being long term Chair of The Crime Prevention Panel for Outer North East Leeds. I am also a Dementia Champion and attend the monthly Dementia Café held at Elland Road Police Station.

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Mike Davidson
Wiltshire

I have retired from the Army and the Civil Service, having worked as a Project Leader for over 10 years.

I joined my local NHW about 7 years ago and joined the Association Committee in 2013. I was elected Chairman in 2016.

Our Association is committed to reinvigorate NHW across the county, and to assist our police and local communities.

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