Last Sunday, twenty-five North Portland residents met at the Peninsula Odd Fellows Lodge for a Neighborhood Watch Organizer training led by Mark Wells, the City of Portland’s Crime Prevention Coordinator. Due to the high demand for Neighborhood Watch trainings throughout the City resulting in meetings scheduled two months out, we now also offer Watch Organizer trainings. One to two neighbors from each street attend and take the information and materials back to their respective blocks. Organizers then hold a block meeting and disseminate this information to their neighbors. This format allows for more Watch groups to form immediately, which is important to neighbors who have recently experienced criminal activity in their neighborhood. Involvement doesn't take much time and allows you to get to know your neighbors and a build stronger community. If you are interested in learning more about Neighborhood Watch, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/neighborhoodwatch .
A huge thank you to the Odd Fellows and all of the community members who dedicated their valuable time on a sunny Sunday to keeping their neighborhoods safe. The Odd Fellows have demonstrated a commitment to public safety and community involvement by hosting this event and donating space in their building to the North Police Precinct for Officers to utilize as a break and meeting room.