HELP US TO MAKE YOUR COMMUNITY A SAFER PLACE TO LIVE IN
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.
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 local 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 Neighbourhood Watch issues in your force area.
- We have lots of templates that can help you get started.
Please visit our Knowledge Base for examples of Best Practice and FAQs
Meet the force area representatives
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 Watch activities at local, regional and national level. As well as serving as our Derbyshire representative, I am also the national Chair of NHWN.
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.
This year I have been re-elected for my fourth year as Chairman of Essex County NW Association - I am also in my fifth year as Chairman of Braintree District NW.
Over eight years ago I retired from Essex Police and was in fact employed five years earlier to build up Neighbourhood Watch in Braintree District ( as in those times it was the responsibility of Essex Police to manage Neighbourhood Watch).
In the first three years I increased Neighbourhood Watch membership from 13000 to 25000.
However, when I retired, sadly in the following years the numbers went down to under 5000.
I was then asked to be Chairman of Braintree NW and a few years later, together with a good team, in Braintree District we have slowly built the membership up to 15000.
Likewise since becoming Chairman in Essex County and as we have very pro-active District Coordinators our NW membership in Essex now exceeds 100,000.
In recent years we also built on having excellent working relationships with the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst (and his entire staff) and also Essex Police.
Our website is worth looking at and there are direct links to all Neighbourhood Watch Districts.
However if you would like any assistance to know how to make contact with your local Neighbourhood Watch Groups in Essex please do send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01787 278007.
Andrew Taylor is a retired Police Inspector who has been involved with Home Watch and Neighbourhood Watch since 1986. He promoted Home Watch whilst he was a Neighbourhood Police Officer in Rochdale and as a Community Affairs Sergeant in Oldham.
Since retiring from Greater Manchester Police in September 2000, Andrew has been actively promoting Home Watch in various capacities.
He has been secretary of the Whitefield and Unsworth Home Watch Association for over 20 years, is Chairman of the Bury and Districts Home Watch Association and has recently been elected Chairman of the newly-formed Greater Manchester Neighbourhood Watch Association.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.