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File #: ORD-3502    Version: 1 Name: Abolishing Community Watch Committee
Type: Ordinance Status: Consent Agenda
File created: 4/30/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 5/15/2018 Final action:
Title: Consider adopting Ordinance No. 3502 approving the dissolution of the Community Watch Committee; and take appropriate action.
Sponsors: Sidney Fuller, Police Chief
Attachments: 1. Ordinance No. 3502
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Consider adopting Ordinance No. 3502 approving the dissolution of the Community Watch Committee; and take appropriate action.

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BACKGROUND:
The original Neighborhood Crime Watch Program began in the United States in 1972 with the funding of a federal grant through the Bureau of Justices Assistance, Office of Justice Programs. The program was initiated as an effort to encourage citizens to organize their neighborhoods to assist law enforcement in identifying criminal behavior during an era of increased crime in the United States.

It is unknown when Farmers Branch actually began participating in the in the original program. However, in April of 2000 the City Council passed Resolution No. 2000-068 that created a focus group to reorganize the existing program and changed the name to Community Watch. The Council also appointed a committee to serve staggered terms. The charge of the Committee was to promote a sense of community spirit by promoting neighborhood safety. In 2006, in response to the "Branch Revitalization Task Force", the Council added educating the public on code enforcement issues to their list of responsibilities.

The program has struggled to maintain relevance over the past decade, despite the best efforts of dedicated citizens who have been appointed to the Committee. Their efforts to identify and appoint neighborhood block captains to carry out the mission of the program has remained difficult and unfruitful despite vigorous community engagement efforts. This is most likely the result of several factors, to include, relatively low crime rates and a general shift in society in the use of technology to obtain information. Additionally, the police department created a Crime Prevention position in 2016 that is a liaison to the community in all matters of education and training associated with crime prevention. This fiscal year alone, the police department has participated in fifty- six speaking/training engagements in the community...

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