Dog Walker Watch (DWW), a crime awareness program created by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) last year, is growing rapidly across the country. There are over 75 million dog walkers throughout the USA. DWW training classes, conducted by local law enforcement, teach citizens how to become more effective observers and reporters of suspicious activity.
If your community has not registered yet, please visit natw.org/dog. Ideally, you want your local police or sheriff’s department to register as they will be doing the training. A training CD is available for local law enforcement agencies.
WHAT IS DOG WALKER WATCH?
According to the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA, there are over seventy five million dog owners across the nation. That’s dozens, if not hundreds, of neighbors walking their dog throughout the community at all times of the day, all days of the week, in all weather conditions, who are often preoccupied with texting, chatting, emailing and listening to music. Dog Walker Watch encourages these neighbors to assist local law enforcement as extra eyes and ears while out walking their dog. The program enhances the partnership between police and community while providing resources for neighbors to be more aware and how to effectively observe and report suspicious activity.