Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch in Suffolk: What is Neighbourhood Watch/How is it Organised

From: Chairman SNWA

Date: 19 January 2018 at 16:30:32 GMT

Dear Town/Parish Council

Neighbourhood Watch is a vital and successful crime prevention initiative which brings communities together in the fight against crime.  

Previously, Suffolk Constabulary were responsible for Neighbourhood watch in Suffolk, but following the local policing review in 2016, the complete ownership was handed over to the Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association (SNWA).

The SNWA are now an independent representative body for Suffolk, working in partnership with the national Neighbourhood Watch organisation. We are a voluntary body, managed by a membership elected committee. We do not receive any regular income, and are responsible for raising all funds necessary to cover the operating costs of the Association.

This communication is to ask your council to consider making a single one-off donation of £50.00 to the Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association, as a contribution to help us sustain the support of neighbourhood watch across the county.

Since taking over the administration from the constabulary, we have made good progress, engaging with our existing membership, as well as continuing to attract new schemes to the organisation. We have an agreed memorandum of understating with Suffolk Constabulary, and are currently working towards a similar agreement with Suffolk County Council. We also aim to approach the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner in 2018 with a view of agreeing some similar form of partnership agreement. 

We are continuously working to create a network of Neighbourhood Watch schemes across the county, aligned to the Suffolk Constabulary area command and Safer Neighbourhood Team areas. We currently have 1036 active schemes in Suffolk.

Our work provides awareness and education to help prevent, detect and deter crime, while at the same time fostering community spirit and reducing the fear of crime. 

We are also looking to expand our current limited engagement with towns and parish councils across Suffolk, to seek support and develop the opportunity to further promote Neighbourhood Watch across Suffolk. This will hopefully be something that your council may be interested in.

I would be most grateful for your support, and would hope there is an opportunity for us to engage in the future.

Yours sincerely, 

Tony Spall


Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association

Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association 
Community Safety Department,
Landmark House, Ipswich IP1 5PF

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