The co-ordinator

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator – Role Description

The Co-ordinator is the most important person in any Watch. It is his/her task to manage Watch activities and make the Watch as effective as possible. You will need commitment and some basic skills to make your Watch work. It is important to be clear about what the role involves.

Job Title:                      Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Co-ordinator  

Responsible to:            Members of the Watch

Purpose:                       To manage and promote NW activity within the Watch area.

Minimum age requirement: 16 years of age.

Main Responsibilities: These are likely to include:  

  • Keeping members interested and informing them about local crime
  • Distributing newsletters to members
  • Promoting crime prevention initiatives
  • Liaison with Police through your local beat officer or PCSO
  • Maintaining a current list of members and their contact details
    • Prompt coordinators to register members on the Ourwatch website
    • Deal with applications to join the watch group online and/or a membership list.
    • Prompt watch members to subscribe to the OWL Police mailing list.

Main Tasks: These will vary between schemes and a committee or assistant may help the co-ordinator. Tasks may include:

  • Organising meetings
  • Distributing crime prevention material
  • Contacting newcomers to the neighbourhood and recruiting new Watch members
  • Reporting non-urgent information to the police
  • Introducing projects to reduce crime and fear of crime
  • Contacting council authorities about local concerns
  • Responding to Police requests for help
  • Monitoring crime, disorder and the issues affecting the quality of life in the local area ~ assessing activities and their impact
  • Representing the Watch at area meetings
    • Attend SNT Panel meetings to represent their local watch.

Personal Qualities: No specific qualifications are needed to be an effective Co-ordinator, but some qualities and basic skills are essential. These include:

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Willingness to give time and energy working as a volunteer
  • Commitment and enthusiasm for making a practical contribution to safety in your community.
  • The ability to get on well with local residents and the Police
  • Good communication skills

Additionally the watch coordinator must embrace all members regardless of whether they use social media or not.

Please also read the Ourwatch version of the co-ordinator profile role description. See full Ourwatch guide below