North Tonawanda Neighborhood Watch

As of the August 10th 2017 meeting, North Tonawanda Citizens on Patrol has been renamed North Tonawanda Neighborhood Watch. The older references to NT C.O.P.S. and Citizens on Patrol will be phased out over time. But all new publications and discussion should include the new name.

The Reasoning:

I have found that our name, Citizens on Patrol, or CoP or C.O.P.S. Seems to bring a stigma to the group in various ways, which affects how the public (our neighbors) view us. Some view us as a vigilante group, while others associate us with the police department. When I was first considering this position, I figured we need to focus the group back towards a Citizens on Patrol group. But we do have a great Auxiliary Police force, which goes above and beyond what a Citizens on Patrol group does.

We serve better as a Neighborhood Watch group, and so that is what we shall do! The basic definitions of both names are shown below for consideration.

"Citizens On Patrol is a generic name used by many to describe a special group of Law Enforcement Volunteers. As the name implies, Citizens on Patrol are Citizens who, after being screened (and trained by local law enforcement), patrol their communities..." - nacop.org (National Association Citizens on Patrol)

"The aim of Neighborhood Watch includes educating residents of a community on security and safety and achieving safe and secure neighborhoods. However, when a criminal activity is suspected, members are encouraged to report to authorities, and not to intervene." - Wikipedia

"Since its beginnings, Neighborhood Watch has grown from an "extra eyes and ears" approach to crime prevention to a much more proactive, community-oriented endeavor providing a unique infrastructure that brings together local officials, law enforcement, and citizens for the protection of their communities. Today's Watch Group programs incorporate activities that not only address crime prevention issues, but also restore pride and unity to a neighborhood. It is not uncommon to see members of Neighborhood Watch groups participating in community cleanups and other activities that strive to improve the quality of life for community residents." --- National Neighborhood Watch

I hope we will grow from this and that the name change will help people understand what we do, and who we are. We are always looking for your involvement. This is, after all, our community. We all live here. We all want to feel safe and enjoy this community. Sign up! Attend our meetings. Let us get together and communicate in some way to help raise awareness of what is going on.