Neighborhood Watch Program

Neighborhood Watch is the cornerstone of the LAPD's crime prevention strategy. It enlists the active participation of residents, in cooperation with law enforcement, to reduce crime in communities throughout the City.

The Neighborhood Watch program was pioneered by the Los Angeles Police Department to educate community residents regarding their roles and responsibilities in the prevention of crime, and to encourage them to take active measures to prevent crime. The program calls upon residents to step forward and assist the police in organizing the community into a cohesive unit working toward the goal of building a safer, crime-free neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch groups discuss neighborhood crime problems with the objective of developing solutions to local problems. Los Angeles Police Officers supply crime information to neighborhood watch organizations and instruct these groups in various crime prevention techniques.

Block Captains

The continuity and success of the Neighborhood Watch program hinges on the person referred to as the Block Captain. The "Block Captain" is a community member who acts as a liaison between those who work and/or live in a particular area, and the officers assigned to that area. Through the Block Captain, and through neighborhood general meetings, officers pass along crime prevention tips and information to members of the community. This liaison is maintained on an informal basis within the framework of the Neighborhood Watch group.

Senior Lead Officers

Senior Lead Officers are a pivotal element in the LAPD's effort to prevent and deter crime. Senior Lead Officers provide the vital link that helps unite the LAPD and the communities it serves by ensuring that community problems are brought to the attention of the Department or other appropriate government agencies. They are also instrumental in mobilizing neighborhoods through creative problem-solving strategies, crime prevention, and quality of life enhancement programs.

Senior Lead Officers are responsible for:

• Monitoring crime trends in their Basic Car areas
• Working with the Community-Police Advisory Boards (CPAB) and residents to develop goals to be accomplished through the efforts of all officers assigned to the Basic Car
• Acting as liaisons with Area detectives in order to stay informed of crime trends and special problems within the Basic Car area

Senior Lead Officers develop directed patrol plans that include strategies for dealing with recurrent Basic Car concerns. Sincere and continuous interaction between the police and the community enhances the quality of life and deters crime within the Basic Car area. Senior Lead Officers take the lead in establishing and maintaining this police-community partnership.

Getting Organized

When a group decides to form a Neighborhood Watch, it:

• Contacts the police department or local crime prevention organization for help in training members in home security and reporting skills and for information on local crime patterns
• Selects a coordinator and block captains who are responsible for organizing meetings and relaying information to members
• Recruits members, keeps up-to-date on new residents and makes special efforts to involve the elderly, working parents, and young people
• Works with local government and law enforcement to put up Neighborhood Watch signs, usually after at least 50 percent of all households in a neighborhood are enrolled

To find out if there is an existing Neighborhood Watch in your area, or if you want to form one, contact your Senior Lead Officer.

For more information please visit:
LAPD Crime Prevention Tips

What and Who is my Senior Lead Officer?

A Senior Lead Officer is an officer in charge of a basic car area within a geographic division. Senior Lead Officers provide a link that help unite the LAPD with the communities it serves. They are responsible for monitoring crime trends in basic car areas, working with Community-Police Advisory Boards and acting as liaisons with detectives to stay informed of crime trends and special problems within their area.

For general public safety issues, you should contact the Senior Lead Officer (SLO) for your area. General public safety issues include things like illegal activities at a park, aggressive panhandlers in a shopping area, concerns about a rash of burglaries in your neighborhood, etc.
Keep in mind that SLOs usually only answer their cell phones while they are on duty, and they sometimes work long shifts and odd hours. So, it may take a few days for the officer to return your call or e-mail. Be patient.

Your Senior Lead Officer can help you set up a Neighborhood Watch for your area. We recommend that every block or area have its own Neighborhood Watch – that is the most important thing you can do to reduce crime in your community.

In case of a
life-threatening emergency,
always call 9-1-1 immediately.

In a situation that is not life-threatening, but where you want a timely police response (for example, you see some teenagers taking drugs behind a store), call the Los Angeles Police Department non-emergency number: 1-877-ASK-LAPD.

Senior Lead Officers for Valley Glen

Van Nuys Division

Senior Lead Officer Justin Bergmann
Cell 818-731-2562
(Covers area bounded by Victory, Burbank, Hazeltine and Coldwater Canyon)

Senior Lead Officer Katy Paschal
Cell 818-731-2566
(Covers area bounded by Sherman Way, Victory, Hazeltine and Tujunga Wash)

North Hollywood Division

Senior Lead Officer Jennifer DuVally
Cell 818-634-0809
(Covers area bounded by Kittridge, Oxnard, Coldwater and Whitsett)

Senior Lead Officer Carol Sawamura
Cell 818-634-0852
(Welby Park west of Coldwater and North)

Important Phone Numbers

Emergencies: CALL 911

Non-emergency: 877-ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273)

LAPD Van Nuys Division
Station Desk: 818-374-9500
Captain Lillian Carranza: 818-374-1970

LAPD North Hollywood Division
Station Desk: 818-754-8300
Captain Stephen M. Carmona: 818-754-8300

Law Enforcement Non-emergency Numbers:

California Highway Patrol: 800-835-5247
L.A. Unified Schools Police: 213-625-6631
Los Angeles Valley College Sheriff: 818-947-2911
Mountains Recreation & Conservation:
(Tujunga Was Park between Oxnard & Vanowen)
Authority Rangers: 310-456-7049
Orange Line (MTA) Sheriff: 323-563-5000


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