Participants Will Be Representing The City of Riverside’s Neighborhoods

Canyon Crest
Sycamore Canyon
Canyon Springs
Mission Grove
Wood Streets
Hawarden Hills
Alessandro Heights
Magnolia Center
Casa Blanca
Arlington Heights
Presidential Park
Arlington South
La Sierra Acres
La Sierra Hills
La Sierra
La Sierra South

The Academy’s Mission and Purpose
To equip neighborhoods with the necessary tools to impact crime in their communities and develop lasting partnerships between residents, law enforcement and other city agencies.


The Riverside Police Department Community Policing Unit is training a new generation of Neighborhood Watch leadership in a comprehensive approach to keeping communities safe and improving quality of life. Free training is being provided to neighborhood volunteers for the new Neighborhood Watch!

The Neighborhood Watch Academy Takes place over an eight-week session of three-hour courses at the Magnolia Police Station Community Room (10540 Magnolia Ave Suite B, Riverside). Please call or email for the next available date.

Neighborhood Watch are proven successes at reducing crime and increasing the comfort and safety everywhere these programs enjoy genuine community support and tangible action.

In its current Strategic Plan, RPD introduced the phrase "co-producers of public safety," which best sums up the way a city and its residents maximize their resources - and the benefits - in maintaining the livability of our communities.

Neighborhood Watch - the added eyes, ears and awareness on our city streets - is critically important to reducing crime and improving quality of life in each of our neighborhoods. "Safety and security are everyone's concerns," said RPD Community Policing Lieutenant Tim Bacon. "The Neighborhood Watch Academy will provide exciting and useful tools for new block captains and their volunteers."

Classes will include neighborhood organizing and communication, leadership development, personal, home and vehicle safety strategies, awareness of gang, narcotics and graffiti issues, and working with Police and City government.

There is no fee for the classes. Registration is now open. Class size is limited. Applicants must be 18 years or older. For more information, please contact one of the Police Service Representatives below.

Antoinette Alexander
West Neighborhood Policing Center
(951) 353-7969

Irma Ochoa
Central Neighborhood Policing Center
(951) 353-7962

Shene Turner
East Neighborhood Policing Center
(951) 826-5297

Nancy Castillo
North Neighborhood Policing Center
(951) 826-8721

Note: The Neighborhood Watch Academy is NOT accepting applications at this time; however, you can still participate in Neighborhood Watch. For more information, please contact a Police Service Representative at the number listed above.

Neighborhood Watch Academy Application

First Name: MI: Last Name:
Address: Apt:
City: Zip:
Home Phone:
Business Address:
City: Zip:
Business Phone:
Birth Date: Month: Day: Year:
Driver's License#: State:
Email Address
Felony Convictions?

Misdemeanor Convictions?
Active Warrant for Arrest?
Pending Criminal Case?
Terminated from Police Volunteer Program?

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