The Evanston Community Safety Committee presents residents an opportunity to become involved in crime prevention and awareness within the Evanston community. This committee’s goal is to improve the safety and quality of life in the community.
Community safety remains the number one community concern and will be addressed as such. Safety is important in community because it determines the quality of life for residents and its business environment. Council will continue to use the tools provided by its partners in the Cincinnati Police Department, Citizens on Patrol, neighborhood block watch groups and other safety measures.
Council will encourage more members in the community to join and to recruit others to join these organizations. These efforts will provide for a much safer community to live in and strengthen our partnership with our local police officers. This will be an ongoing effort in the community with a goal of cutting crime in our area by 50% by the year 2015.
We Want YOU for Evanston BLOCK WATCH!
The Evanston Community Council and Cincinnati Police District Two desire that the residents of Evanston live in a crime-free neighborhood. A great way to help enhance public safety is by establishing partnership with your neighbors to help fight crime and restore a higher quality of life on your street and in your neighborhood.
What is Block Watch?
Block Watch is a group of people living in the same area who want to make their neighborhood safer by working together with each other and local law enforcement to reduce crime and improve their quality of life. It is an opportunity to volunteer and work towards the safety and security of our homes and our neighborhood. Block Watch empowers citizens and communities to become pro-active, vigilant custodians of their neighborhood.
What are the benefits of Block Watch?
Some of the obvious benefits of Block Watch are community pride and unity, crime reduction, and improved quality of life in the community. Block Watch programs also offer many other benefits, such as a greater sense of security and personal control. Block Watch groups build community pride and unity, and prepare us for helping ourselves and others in our community.
We Want YOU for Evanston Citizens on Patrol!
First deployed in 1997 in three test neighborhoods, the Citizens On Patrol Program (COPP) has expanded into 24 of the Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods, with an additional unit patrolling City Parks. Volunteers patrol their neighborhoods. Patrols concentrate around problem areas aiding the police by increasing visibility. COPP units deter crime by their mere presence and visibility to the general public.
Using police radios and cell phones, team members are able to communicate directly with officers and report crimes in progress. Much of the COPP units’ function, however, is the reporting of quality-of-life issues. By locating and reporting issues that contribute to criminal activity, these teams are able to fix the proverbial “broken window.”
All members must complete a basic class with 12 hours of training and an 8-hour ride-a-long with a police officer; they must also attend ongoing meetings throughout the year. The Evanston COPP unit has been deployed for special events, such as the Memorial Day Parade and support duties during other neighborhood events.
Download your application here: COPP_App
Also, to participate in Crime Stoppers, get your application here: Crime_Stoppers_App
Police/Fire Emergency – 911
Police Non-Emergency – 765-1212
District Two Police Non-Emergency – 352-3591
District Two Evanston Neighborhood Officer – Officer Perry Locke – 979-4400
Crime Stoppers – 352-3040
SPCA – 541-6100
City Services – 591-6000
Call today to get involved! If you are interested in joining your neighbors in keeping Evanston a safe and enjoyable place to visit and live, please call Evanston Community Council’s mainline at 513-281-2775.