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.

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 local Association's lead contact listed below.

You can also request copies of our 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.

Knowledge Base

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


Meet the force area representatives

Nick Gough
Avon & Somerset

I have over 30 years experience working with the police service in various capacities and have been a NHW coordinator for over 20 years. It is my mission to promote the benefits of the Association and NW to the communities of Avon & Somerset. To forge new collaborative relationships with like-minded organisations and individuals, who have a shared passion to protect our communities, especially those who are most vulnerable. To work in equal partnership with the police service to deliver an effective crime prevention network, manned by volunteers and backed by the police.


Graham Boyle

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.
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Robin Sutton


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Ian Walton

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Joe Murray QPM


Lynn Farrar

Lynn was born in Derbyshire and loves living there. Her career in the Civil Service meant she moved away for some time but she returned in 2001 and got involved with Neighbourhood Watch (NW) in her local village.

She became Chair of the Derbyshire Neighbourhood Association Trust in 2009 but reverted to a Trustee in 2011 when she was elected to the Board of the Neighbourhood Watch Network (NWN). She became Vice Chair of the charity in 2012 before being elected Chair in July 2016. She worked with colleagues to turn the organisation into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, ensuring that the new Board was suitably skilled to take NWN into the future. She believes in community cohesion and that everyone deserves to live in a safe and secure environment.

She recently returned to local NW duties after recruiting a new Chair for NWN and knowing she was leaving the organisation in capable hands. In November 2018 she was elected Chair of Derbyshire NW once again and is looking forward to concentrating on the local community issues.

Lynn lives in a small Derbyshire village by the River Derwent with her husband David. They enjoy travelling around the country in their caravan visiting stately homes and parks and taking photos of scenery and wildlife.


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.




Jim Allen

I'm a retired army officer having spent 35 years in the armed services retiring as a Quartermaster. I joined NHW on returning to the UK in 1988, as a member, then later as a coordinator. On leaving the service and retiring in the North East I was elected Chair of Darlington NHW Association and in 2016 formed what is now County Durham & Darlington NHW Force Association. I am also NHWN Regional Communications Administrator North East and a Police Volunteer. I am married with two daughters and three grandchildren.


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Dyfed Powys

We currently have no Force Area Association in Dyfed Powys but please email us and we can put you in touch with a local contact.


Clive Stewart

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 or telephone 01787 278007.


Phil Sullivan

For contact please email Bob Lloyd our police SPOC


Andrew Taylor
Greater Manchester

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.


Ken Oliphant


Bob Combes

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


Sue Thompson

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.


Steve Lynn

Since retiring from Humberside Police in early 2015 I am now involved with community cohesion here in North East Lincolnshire supporting statutory services ,volunteers and the public at large .
Part of the role is to manage the local NW network and I currently chair Humber Watch the force association for Humberside police .
Humber Watch was formed only last year bringing together the four unitary authorities under one umbrella .
We recently held our first successful regional conference when we took the opportunity to discuss issues effecting the wider region and the contribution NHW can help support safer and more resilient communities .
I would welcome anyone in Humberside who is interested in joining us to contact me directly .


David Duncombe

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


Roger Baines MBE

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.


Richard Clarke


Dennis Browne

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.


Catherine Murphy


Peter Evans

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


Nick King

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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Yvonne Johns
North Wales


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North Yorkshire


John Lennard

I have been involved with Neighbourhood Watch for over 16 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.


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.


John Hallows
South Yorkshire

Key Contact for South Yorkshire Steering Group


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Tony Spall

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.


Tony Kremer

I have been chairing Surrey Neighbourhood Watch Association for the last three years, and I'll be able to put you in touch with someone in any of the 11 Surrey Boroughs who can help a new watch become established.


John Wright MBE

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.


Val McPherson BEM
Thames Valley

I have been in Neighbourhood Watch for 35 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.


Chris Cade

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.


Craig Cox
West Mercia

I am a data governance and IT change consultant, I have been involved in the development of the West Mercia Social Media programme.
I am keen to work with a new executive team at West Mercia to reinvigorate the Neighbourhood Watch movement in our area.


West Midlands

There is currently no NW Force Area Association for the West Midlands but please contact the email address below for assistance


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West Yorkshire


Mike Davidson

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.