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, as well as more in-depth classes for those that have an existing 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.Neighborhood Watch remains the most successful crime prevention program worldwide - by practicing crime prevention techniques and reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement, you can take control of your neighborhood. 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. 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 by filling out the form below or calling 406-761-5861.
Business Watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of business and property owners, in cooperation with local law enforcement and local government to reduce crime in our downtown. 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.
There is no cost to belong to Business Watch. Business Watch meetings, are held the second Tuesday of every other month at 5:30 p.m. at NeighborWorks, 509 - 1st Avenue South. Neighborhood Watch volunteers from around the community also attend these educational training events.