Neighborhood Watch organizing meeting to be held Aug. 17 in Merced Civic Center

An organizational meeting for Neighborhood Watch block captains and people who want to start a Neighborhood Watch on their blocks will be held Wednesday, Aug. 17.

The meeting will be held in the Sam Pipes Room in the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. from 6 to 7 p.m.

Merced Police Chief Norm Andrade said the city’s reorganized Neighborhood Watch Program will continue to help neighbors uniting to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods by improving safety and building a sense of community, the city said in a news release.

“Neighborhood Watch is more than just a crime fighting program, it is a program designed to build relationships among neighbors and make Merced a stronger and safer community,” said Andrade.

The program will include participation from the Merced Police Department, Merced Fire Department, Code Enforcement and the program will be coordinated by the city’s Office of Recreation.

“With the continued reduction of city resources, the need for inter-department cooperation has grown exponentially,” said Andrade.

The Wednesday night meeting will explain the Neighborhood Watch Program, introduce participants, and recognize existing block captains. The meeting also will provide information on what it takes to set up a Neighborhood Watch, and provide resources to the public so that they can begin building a Neighborhood Watch community on their block.

For more information on the Neighborhood Watch Program, leave a message at (209) 385-6835.