Rebirth of a City - Downtown Connellsville
Connellsville Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood crimes are preventable.
It is your job to discourage criminals.
Get involved in Neighborhood Watch!
It is Neighborhoods organized to be the eyes and ears of the police. Reporting suspicious activities and persons to the Connellsville Police Department as soon as they are observed. Neighborhood Watch is a way citizens can work together to prevent crime.
It operates to educate participants in the principles of deterrence, delay, and detection. It depends on a communication network organized with three levels: the residents, block captains and co-captains, and the Connellsville Police Department. The major issue, however, is that you report suspicious activities to the police.
  1. Contact the Connellsville Neighborhood Watch Program Coordinator expressing your desire to institute the Neighborhood Watch Program in your neighborhood.
  2. Contact your neighbors and see if they want the program.  In order to be a certified Neighborhood Watch Program and qualify for the street signs, you must have 60% participation.  However, if you don't get 60%, you can still qualify for the Neighborhood Watch Program. 
  3. If it is determined that you and your neighbors want the program, the next step is to have the initial meeting with your Specific Neighborhood Watch Group.  At this meeting you are to do the following things:
    1. Select a block captain and a co-captain.
    2. Establish a calling list with the names, addresses and phone numbers of the people who will be participating in your Neighborhood Watch.
    3. Contact the Connellsville Neighborhood Watch Group to set up a time/date/location for an informative meeting.  Connellsville Crime Watch Meetings are held once a month.  This would be the first meeting with the Neighbors and the Connellsville Neighborhood Watch Group.
  4. Upon completion of the steps above, the Neighborhood Watch Program in your neighborhood is now off to a start.  It is the hope of the Connellsville Crime Watch Group that this will assist us in the reduction or elimination of crime involving households and businesses within the neighborhoods, and in general will put your neighborhood on the road to a more secure community.
  5. WHEN TO CALL THE Police- No Police Department can function effectively without the assistance of responsible citizens. Some people fail to call the police simply because they are not aware of what seemingly innocent activities might be suspicious. Others may notice suspicious activity and be hesitant to call for fear of seeming like a "nosy neighbor" or a "crank". Still others take for granted that someone else has already called. Don't worry about being embarrassed if your suspicions prove unfounded. Think instead about what could happen if you don't act! LET'S KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR EACH OTHER!

    Crime Watch Forms.pdf (PDF — 2 MB)

    McGruff visiting "Bikes for Kids" and the Connellsville Geranium Festival May 23, 2015
    McGruff at the "Bikes for Kids" event at the Connellsville Community Center  ....08 June 2015

    McGruff at the Connellsville Carnegie Free Library during kids reading program.... June 24, 2015

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    McGruff checking out the Connellsville Community Center during the Connellsville Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Event!  17 July 2014

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             An  anonymous donor donated $ 1500.00, Yough River TrailCouncil donated $1000.00, Connellsville Lions Club donated $500.00 and DowntownConnellsville donated $500.00 to upgrade the police vehicles onboard computersand video systems. 
    Community Spirit is alive and well in Connellsville!