Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

First graduation of Neighborhood Watch Academy

Riverside, Ca- The Riverside Police Department Community Policing Unit is proud to present its first Neighborhood Watch Academy graduating class, Wednesday evening, July 19, at 6 p.m. at California Baptist University, Mission Hall.

The first 44 grads, representing 17 of the City’s 26 neighborhoods, are a diverse cross-section of the city and its people. The volunteers committed to an eight-week program creating a new generation of Neighborhood Watch leadership with a comprehensive approach to keeping communities safe and improving quality of life.

The Neighborhood Watch Academy took place over an eight-week session of three-hour free courses held on Wednesday nights, 6-9 p.m., beginning May 17 to June 21, and resuming July 12 and 19, at California Baptist University.

“We are very pleased with this first group of graduates,” said RPD Community Policing Lieutenant Tim Bacon. “The Neighborhood Watch Academy will provide exciting and useful tools for new block captains and their volunteers.”

There are two new Neighborhood Watch Academy sessions planned for fall; the next will begin in October at California School for the Deaf-Riverside. Registration is now open. For more information and to arrange necessary background checks, please contact Police Service Representative Tina Shook at (951) 715-3429 or email tshook@riversideca.gov Classes will include neighborhood organizing and communication, leadership development, personal, home and vehicle safety strategies, awareness of gang, narcotics and graffiti issues, working with Police and City government.

WHAT: Neighborhood Watch Academy Graduation
WHO: RPD salutes 44 successful community volunteers
WHERE: Mission Hall, California Baptist University, Riverside
WHEN: Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 6 to 9 p.m.