Community Relations

The Westchester Police Department establishes positive communication, to share concerns, perspectives, ideas and solutions to crime between the community and the Department. While all police officers are obligated to project a positive and professional image of the Department. 

The Department wants you to be safe and comfortable in your home and during your daily activities, whether leisure or work. And although the Department works very hard to create the safest environment possible, it is very important to remember that all citizens play a vital part in crime prevention. Crime prevention is truly a Police-Community partnership.

Below are some of the programs that the officers organize and promote for the community:

  • Neighborhood Watch... probably the best home security program available to residents and the community. National Neighborhood Watch National Association of Town Watch

  • Red Ribbon Week... a full week of programs including drug awareness, personal awareness, stranger danger and others at public and private schools. National Family Partnership

  • National Night Out... a nationwide event where neighbors gather together to send a message to criminals that they are united in cracking down on crime in their neighborhood. 2012 Westchester National Night Out Promo National Association of Town Watch

  • Department Tours… we offer tours to groups interested in learning more about the police facility.

  • Block Parties

  • Workplace Safety… a program addressing safety and violence in the workplace.

  • Bullying… age appropriate presentations on the subject at both the public and private schools.

  • Safety “U”… a children’s safety program sponsored by the park district and co-taught by the Department.

  • Community Festivals… a Community Relations Unit booth is present at most events throughout the year.

  • Presentations… at no cost and upon request the unit works with various citizen groups/organizations and the business community. If interested in having an officer speak at your next meeting, please contact us. We are pleased to accommodate most requests.

"Partners in Prevention" to Reduce Crime

A healthy, united community is one of the strongest ways to deter crime. Neighborhood Watch, a crime prevention program sponsored by the Westchester Police Department and run by residents, enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime, solve problems, and keep each other informed of suspicious activity within the watch area. 

Neighborhood Watch Area Signs

Once the Neighborhood Watch area is established, signs designate the area as such. The signs have been known to deter would-be criminals, who know that watchful neighbors will alert police to any unusual activity in the area.

Current Neighborhood Watch Groups

1100 block of Manchester; 1100 block of Suffolk; 1500 block of Bristol; 1600 block of Gardner; entire block of Raleigh.
The following resources are available to help residents start and then maintain a Watch Group:

To learn more about crime prevention and how you can help in the fight against crime. The following resources are available to help residents, businesses, rental property owners and others reduce the opportunities for crime:
The Westchester Police Department is partnering with the community register online.