History of the Neighborhood Watch Program The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) started the National Neighborhood Watch Program in 1972. This program was developed in response to requests from Sheriffs and Police Chiefs nationwide wanting a crime prevention program based on citizen participation to help combat burglary.
CMPD and the Neighborhood Watch Program
CMPD adopted the Neighborhood Watch program shortly after its inception. The logo at that time was, "We are a totally involved Crime Prevention Community." The current logo is, "Community Crime Watch" accompanied by the CMPD patch. There are approximately 260 documented active Neighborhood Watch programs in Mecklenburg County.