Neighborhood Watch organizations help keep neighbors and neighborhoods safe—and they are also fun. Proof is the 11th annual South Highlands Neighborhood Watch block party, where neighbors took the time to have fun and games and spend time together. Rockford Police partners with neighborhoods in Neighborhood Watch by teaching residents how to keep their neighborhood safer with common-sense efforts, such as noticing strangers and strange vehicle in the area.
Rockford Police Chief Dave Jones said it is a goal of his to have every neighborhood have a Watch and the department is always looking for Block Captains. Volunteers for Block Captain have minimal responsibility and the job is not time-consuming. One of the requirements is to offer an annual block party where the fun can be as huge and fantastic as that at South Highlands as pictured, or as low-key as a simple gathering over a grill. For more information on Neighborhood Watch, call the Rockford Police at 866-9557 and ask for Officer Dave Robinson.