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In 1972, the National Sheriff's Association formed the Neighborhood Watch Program (NWP). The City of Oak Ridge has participated in the NWP for many years. The program is a unification of law enforcement agencies, residents and private organizations in an effort to reduce crime and improve neighborhoods. The residents of Oak Ridge have made significant impacts on improving the quality of life for their communities. NWP members hold regular meetings within their areas, have neighborhood clean ups and social events, and also assist the police department at various events. The value of the Oak Ridge Neighborhood Watch Program (ORNWP) is priceless. There is no way to measure the amount of crime that is prevented by the presence of these active groups. However, it has been documented several times where ORNWP members have assisted the police department with arrests by reporting suspicious activity and persons to the police dispatch. Many burglars have been caught and drug dealers stopped all because of the vigilance of the citizens of Oak Ridge.Currently there are approximately 150 streets in Oak Ridge that are active participants in the ORNWP. The groups are all over the city from Rivers Run to the Preserve at the Clinch and West Outer Dr. to the Scarboro Community. For more information about the program or how to start a NWP in your area, contact Community Resource Officer Daniel McFee at (865) 556-6696 or by email. For additional information on the National Neighborhood Watch Program, click here.Please join us for the neighborhood watch 5k and community even on April 26, 2014. Click here for details.