Cascade County Watch

Cascade County Watch is made up of two programs: Neighborhood and Business Watch; it brings together citizens from throughout Cascade County to address neighborhood crime at the block level – in residential and business areas. Cascade County Watch offers a variety of training programs for those interested in setting up a Watch in their neighborhood, as well as more in-depth classes for those that have an existing Watch set up. 

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is a community program in which citizens work together with their local law enforcement to detect and prevent criminal activity. The focus is on reporting suspicious people/vehicles and securing homes and personal property. In addition, officers from the law enforcement provide basic crime prevention tips. The Community Building program of NeighborWorks Great Falls now coordinates the Neighborhood Watch program for Cascade County.

Neighborhood Watch remains the most successful crime prevention program worldwide. By encouraging residents and business owners of Great Falls and Cascade County to become actively involved in crime prevention in their neighborhoods, you can make a positive difference on your block. By practicing crime prevention techniques and reporting crime or suspicious activity to local law enforcement, we are taking control back from the criminals. Through the dedicated commitment of the City of Great Falls Neighborhood Councils, the Great Falls Police Department, the Cascade County Sheriff's office, the Black Eagle Civic Club and the Downtown Safety Coalition, we have made a significant impact on reducing neighborhood and business crime.

If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch in your area, contact neighbors in your area to find out who would like to participate. Neighborhood Watch groups are usually made up of neighbors who live on the same block. When you are ready to start a Watch, contact Patty Cadwell, Neighborhood Council Coordinator at 406-455-8496 or email her at

For education and training, Watchers are invited to participate in the Watch meetings, held at NeighborWorks, 509 - 1st Avenue South, Great Falls, MT, every other month. Contact the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Carol Bronson, for more information at or call 406-761-5861.


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Downtown Business Watch

A crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of business and property owners and residents, in cooperation with local law enforcement and local government to reduce crime in our community. Like Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch programs have been proven to be the most effective means available for keeping crime out of neighborhoods. Great Falls Downtown Business Watch began as a part of the Downtown Action Alliance's Safety Committee; they are helping the City implement the safety goals and objectives in the Downtown Master Plan, enacted in 2011.

There is no cost for businesses, property owners and residents to belong to Business Watch. Begun in 2010, the program gives downtown business and property owners, as well as their employees, practical hands on education and solutions to crimes that may effect their businesses. Topics include: identifying potential shoplifters, creating a floor layout that helps to prevent shoplifting, gang-related activity, how to report crime and burglary. Business Watch meetings, held the second Tuesday of every other month at 5:30 p.m. at NeighborWorks, 509 - 1st Avenue South, Great Falls, give business owners an opportunity to discuss the latest crime trends in downtown, as well as other safety issues. Sponsored by local businesses, refreshments are provided. Neighborhood Watch volunteers from around the community also attend these educational training events.


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