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Neighbors on Watch (NOW)

NOW Volunteers give out freebies to kids at National Night OutNeighbors on Watch (NOW) is a community volunteer program to empower and train local citizens to help extend the efforts of Ridgefield Police Department by being the eyes and ears for safety in their communities. The volunteers patrol neighborhoods and other areas primarily on foot to serve as a visible deterrent to crime. They are tasked with noting any safety concerns and calling in any suspicious activity in real time. Volunteers also provide extra hands to help with community and parade events. The program helps build positive relationships between local law enforcement, communities, and residents.

NOW Volunteer directs vehicle traffic at an event

Neighbors On Watch objectives:

  • To foster cooperation between citizens and police officers
  • To assist the police department through observation
  • To help reduce crime and improve quality of life in our neighborhoods
  • To create a high visibility, public presence in the neighborhoods
  • To educate citizens on crime prevention
  • To unite residents for a dedicated reason
  • To increase crime awareness among the citizens of the neighborhoods
  • To provide a safe, secure environment for all neighborhood residents
  • To make a difference in your community
  • To help make law enforcement more effective and productive

City of Ridgefield residents who are interested in making their neighborhoods safer are encouraged to apply. NOW currently holds volunteer training academies twice a year, typically spring and fall. Requirements for participation include:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Live in the Ridgefield city limits
  • Successfully pass a thorough background investigation including fingerprints
  • Complete the initial training course of approximately 20 hours
  • Commit to volunteering a minimum of 8 hours per year at events
  • Be willing to patrol city neighborhoods

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact the Ridgefield Police Department at 360-887-3556 or email the NOW Volunteer Coordinator at Ridgefield.Now@gmail.com.

The next informational meeting with Chief Brooks will be on January 11th, 2022, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

The next training academy will start January 18th, 2022, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm and be held weekly for approximately 8 weeks.

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