Community Watch

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Founded in 1977, Lower Merion Community Watch is recognized as one of the finest volunteer mobile crime watch organizations in the nation.  Working in close cooperation with the Lower Merion Police Department, over 1,100 residents have been trained to serve as "extra eyes and ears" of the Department's ongoing crime prevention efforts.

Who is eligible?

Residents of Lower Merion Township who are over 18 years of age are eligible to become members of Community Watch.

What type of training is provided?

Once your application is approved, the Lower Merion Police Department provides a one-night training class in the Public Safety Building , located at 71 E. Lancaster Ave. in Ardmore.  Classes are scheduled periodically throughout the year.

Once trained, members, supplied with two way-handheld radios, patrol the Township from their vehicles, reporting suspicious or unusual activity.  Before each patrol Community Watch patrollers are briefed by a police officer on recent crime activity to assist in their patrol.

How often do I have to patrol?

It is completely up to each individual member.  Generally, it is hoped that members will patrol at least once every quarter or four times a year.  But again, it is up to each member and we are grateful for whatever time you can volunteer.

When do I patrol and for how long?

There is both a day and night patrol program.  You choose the days or nights that are best for you.  Each tour of duty is approximately 3 hours. If the weather looks bad a message will be left on the Weather Alert Line at 610-645-6291

Where do I patrol?

Unless there is some type of emergency or special activity, you patrol in the section of the Township in which you live.

How do I join?

To join, download the application  and submit it to the Crime Prevention Unit.

Lower Merion Community Watch Application (PDF)

 

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