Starting a Neighborhood Watch Group

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Neighborhood Watch Start Up

Starting a Neighborhood Watch group is easy
  • Contact Leanne Wilson at the Appleton Police Department 832-5560. A petition will be forwarded to you.
  • Decide how large of an area your group will cover-generally a one to two block area. Receive a minimum of 75% of the neighbor's signatures from this area on the petition. Monday-Thursday evenings work best for our officers to attend a startup meeting. The meeting lasts approximately 1.5 hours.
  • When the petition is signed, forward it to Leanne Wilson at the APD, 222 S. Walnut St., Appleton, WI 54911.
  • You will be contacted regarding scheduling your start up meeting.
What's expected of a NHW member?
  • Develop a watchful, concerned attitude. Be aware of what's going on in your area of the neighborhood.
  • Report suspicious persons, vehicles and activities to the police immediately.
  • Let someone in the group know when your home will be unoccupied, and watch your neighbors home when they are away.
  • Participate in at least one NHW meeting per year. Many NHW groups have a block party during National Night Out in August. The APD makes every effort to send an officer and informational brochures to the parties and meet any reasonable special requests.

Neighborhood Watch doesn't require frequent meetings or a loss of privacy. 

The NHW program is a community action program, not an Appleton Police program. We are here to assist you and will do our best to meet your needs so your NHW group will be successful. 

NHW doesn't ask that any group member take any personal risk. 

NHW leaves the responsibility for apprehending criminals where it belongs…with the police. 

(180 groups & still growing!)

Neighborhood Watch Group (NHW) Documents