Approximately three years ago, several active block watch captains formed a Block Watch Captain’s Council to promote and encourage citizen participation in all crime prevention activities, especially in the formation of additional block watches throughout the district.
This group of wonderful, dedicated residents has been a great asset to our crime prevention program at District Seven. Throughout the years, they have helped us plan our major events, such as National Night Out, Lights on for Safety Campaign, Block Captain’s Recognition Awards/Dinner, etc.
There are still some areas of the district that do not have any representation on the Council. The neighborhoods that need a representative are from N. 32nd Street to N. 92nd St. between Capitol Drive to Congress Street. We also need some residents that live between N. 32nd Street to N. 60th Street, Center Street to Burleigh Street to be part of our Council.
The responsibilities of the block watch captains that agree to serve on this council and represent their police squad area are:
Receive and discuss relevant crime prevention information provided by the police department. Assist in the distribution of this crime information to their area groups, schools, churches, businesses, block watches, etc.
Advise neighborhood groups and residents living in their squad area about crime prevention programs, services and activities offered by the Milwaukee Police Department
Work directly with the district community liaison officer to establish as many block watches in their squad area as possible. Hold meetings within the squad area as a way to inform, educate and disperse crime prevention information.
Work directly with the community liaison officer on special crime prevention events throughout the year, such as National Night Out, crime prevention seminars, monthly safety coalition meetings, etc.
Volunteer members on the District Seven Block Watch Council are required to:
- Live in the squad area they represent
- Serve on the District Seven Block Watch Council for one year
- Meet at least once a month with the district Community Liaison Officer
The Council usually meets the first Saturday of the month at 11AM. The meetings are about 2 hours long.
Additional information on block watches is available on our Community Involvement page. If you are interested in joining our Council, please contact Officer Shellee Lubus or Officer Lisa Saffold at 935-7278.