Ten Watch Coordinators graduated from an eight week course on Grass Roots Leadership Training.
This training was sponsored by the NonProfit Org and the Jefferson Educational Society.
Training included effective meetings and communications, motivating and recruiting volunteers,
dealing with conflict, consensus building, teambuilding, and presentations.
This training will enable neighborhood watch leaders to be more effective in their neighborhoods.
Ten Neighborhood Watch groups received a mini grant from the Erie Community Foundation.
These grants assist neighborhood watch to promote community building in their neighborhoods.
Neighborhood projects included: low cost lighting to keep porches lit to deter crime and motion
lighting for dark walkways to promote pedestrian safety; neighborhood & adopt a park
purchase of watch signs to unite residents and recognize their commitment to crime prevention; ‘Wild
Wednesday’s, a four week program geared for neighborhood kids and a time capsule stored at the
Land Lighthouse to be opened in 10 years; home emergency preparedness plan; basic carpentry
and house painting skills; Erie Alerts Twitter logging near ‘real time’ crime as its happening;
publication of neighborhood newsletters; ‘Movie Under the Stars’, viewing a movie at a neighborhood
Partnership Formed to Enhance Neighborhood Watch Efforts
Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Erie Neighborhood Watch Council, and Bonnell’s Collision
announced a public/private partnership to assist Neighborhood Watch efforts.
One of the major obstacles to Neighborhood Watch has always been funding. The District
Attorney’s website, www.eriealert.com can change that.
To date, ErieAlerts on Twitter provides nearly real-time crime data as it happens for over 8,500
viewers who follow on their computer or Smartphone. Funding from advertisements supports the
Watch Council and is also a source of funding to individual Watch groups.
Using police scanners, this data is keyed in by Watch group volunteers.
This real-time data, crime stats, is invaluable to Watch groups. It gives awareness to issues
happening in their neighborhood and the opportunity to address these issues through
partnerships with law enforcement and other partners.
Most important, allows Watch groups to send (email) a Neighborhood Alert informing residents of
recent happenings in the neighborhood and to step up crime prevention efforts.
Bonnell’s Collision recognizes the importance of Neighborhood Watch and has stepped forward
to be the first sponsor of ErieAlerts on Twitter.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Neighborhood Watch to earn funds for their efforts”, says District
Attorney Jack Daneri. “Hats off to Bonnell’s for helping us get the ball rolling on yet another effort
to assist Watch groups. With sustainable funding generated by ErieAlerts sponsorship, Bonnell’s
has demonstrated its investment in our crime-prevention efforts. Hopefully others will follow his
For more information or want to sponsor Erie Alerts? Contact the Watch Council at
email@example.com or 814-454-3808.