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Crime Watch Program
The Belleville Police Service Crime Watch Program is a community based program that involves citizens patrolling their community, assisting the police in detecting and preventing crime.
The Crime Watch Program is an organization of citizens who have made a decision to get directly involved in crime prevention and community policing in our city.
The purpose of our program is to provide additional "eyes and ears" on the streets of our community to assist the police in the prevention of crime, and in the detection and reporting of crimes in progress.
The mandate of the Crime Watch program is to "observe and report".
The program is target driven as the Belleville Police Service crime analyst will provide the volunteers with recent statistics and trends within the city so that this can be the focus of the program. The primary trends will include recent break and enters, stolen vehicles, graffiti and traffic concerns.
Belleville Police Crime Watch volunteers will be on patrol using the Community Policing Dodge Magnum as well as in their own personal vehicles. They will always be with a partner, acting as additional eyes and ears for the police.
Program participants have no direct contact with offenders. Any suspicious criminal activity, (i.e. persons, vehicles or incidents) is reported to police. These incidents are evaluated by the police who then arrange the appropriate response.
Crime Watch Volunteers will not approach suspects or suspect vehicles. They will obey all traffic laws and will not to put themselves or others in danger at any time.
Participating volunteers of Crime Watch will not approach the scene of a crime or any police call unless directed to do so by a Police Officer. They will NOT take an active role in any law enforcement.
The police will control the situation at all times. Volunteers will take direction from attending police officers.
Volunteers are answerable to the Crime Watch Coordinator of the Belleville Police Service.