- If you haven’t already, register to receive police alerts.
- Establish if a scheme in your neighbourhood already exists.
- Consider holding a meeting with your neighbours to establish what is required from your NHW scheme and enlist coordinators. Ideally, one coordinator per 10 houses. Not all -schemes are run in the same way. A small subscription, per household, may be required to cover costs e.g. printing, hire of room.
- Compile data. It is helpful to have email contact. Encourage all residents to register to receive police alerts via the Broxtowe website and join your local scheme. If all your residents were to join the scheme, you can effectively communicate with them via “scheme admin”.
- Assuming there is not already a scheme in existence register your scheme, showing details of the houses included in your scheme and the aims.
- Attend community meetings so that you are well informed.
- Read bi monthly Citizens in Policing newsletters.
- Order resources such as NHW window stickers.
NHW street signs can be bought from NottsWatch.
- You may wish to issue newsletters to your residents, which can also be accessed via scheme admin – resource centre.
- Establish good communications. Again, this differs between schemes. Traditionally, coordinators are responsible for passing on info to their group of houses (ten or so), by notice sheets. In our area we found this to be unreliable and time consuming.
When the RVR scheme was re-launched, we provided an information sheet for each coordinator to hand to their residents, as they introduced themselves, explained the scheme and collected their email details on a stencil. Once the stencils were returned I added the email addresses and created a “group” from my neighbourhood email address. I recommend you set up a separate email address to your personal one, for this purpose.
We have a two tier scheme – those with internet access register to receive police alerts, as above, plus any emails I send (Blind copied for security). Coordinators are then only responsible for passing notes to residents without internet access. We have a good range of ages in our area but have found an average of 75% have internet access, including many elderly residents.
From my personal experience, after the initial setting up process, very little time is required to run a scheme or be a coordinator. It is preferable that coordinators have internet access so that they can pass on any relevant police messages to residents who are unable to receive the alerts themselves. They also need to be aware of residents moving into the area so they can be invited to join the scheme.
I am happy to offer help to anyone wanting to set up a scheme. I can email the documents mentioned above (introductory information sheet, stencil and newsletter).