Operation Crime Watch is designed to prevent and reduce crime in Baltimore by creating and supporting neighborhood-based block watch and citizen patrol programs through a partnership between the citizens of Baltimore, the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice, the Baltimore City Police Department and the Washington / Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Citizens and police officers will support each other in preventing and reducing crime through more effective communication and by creating problem-solving relationships appropriate to each community.
For more information about Operation Crime Watch please contact:
- Lisa Fink (410) 396-9521
- Rian Parent (443) 984-2371
Crime watch programs should be tailored for specific neighborhoods operating on a three-pronged approach:
- BLOCK WATCH - Citizens will be provided with a crime watch number and training to increase calls to 911 and make those calls more effective.
- BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS - When appropriate, block watch programs will include captains who will receive information from trained block watchers and forward to designated officers in police districts.
- CITIZEN PATROLS - Citizens trained as block watchers will participate in regular patrols of designated areas. The patrols may be foot or vehicular and will include radio contact with an assigned police cruiser to insure rapid response if necessary.