encourage the free exchange of information regarding crime trends, crime
prevention techniques and emergency preparedness between the Sheriff's Office
and the Faith Community.
reduce crime and the fear of crime in houses of worship and areas frequented by
the faith community as well as provide for emergency preparedness partnership
initiatives. We provide education and partnership opportunities to our faith
community in an effort to recognize crime risks, train them to accurately report
crimes, and be better prepared in the event of an emergency.
basic elements are needed for a crime to occur:
we reduce opportunities for crime and make crime more difficult to commit, we can
significantly reduce the risk and severity of crime at our faith community
facilities and areas frequented.
the faith community has played an active role in various means of community
support and response during crisis situations. This level of involvement is a
nationwide trend and one with which the Hanover community is very familiar.
Worship Watch provides opportunities for preparedness and response education,
networking and cataloging resources and understanding your role in support of
community responses in crisis situations.
Watch and our Business Watch programs, similar in nature, operate within
defined geographic areas, a neighborhood or site location. Worship Watch
combines site facility benefits and expands partnership opportunities with our
community by transcending borders generally defined by a neighborhood or
business location to all areas commonly frequented by members of the faith
You can expect:
Watch is modeled after our highly successful Neighborhood Watch and Business
Watch programs. Worship watches are organized by geographical areas defined by
the faith community. Watch activities are facilitated by a worship watch
coordinator who acts as a liaison between the Sheriff's Office and the faith
Sheriff's Office crime prevention unit offers programs on personal safety as
well as programs for home and business security. Call us at (804) 365-6110 to
find out more or to schedule a program for your group.
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