The Neighborhood Watch program is organized to enable the Dover Police Department and a community to work together in making a geographical area of the City resistant to crime. The program is citizen-based, and community involvement helps to prevent crime. In harmony with the community policing philosophy, Neighborhood Watch encourages strong working relationships between police officers and the citizens they serve.
Community participation in anti-crime programs is essential. One of the most effective ways to promote citizen interaction with police is the sharing of information. Citizen groups determine specific needs or problems and then share this information with the police department. The police then act on the information and report back to the Neighborhood Watch group. This program also works when the police go to the group and make them aware of specific criminal activities and crime trends. The police may also present their needs, and recommend action for the community to take in order to meet the police needs.