Community Watch Program

What Is Community Watch?
It is communities organized to be the eyes and ears of the police. Reporting suspicious activities and persons to the Sheriff’s Office as soon as they are observed. Community Watch is a way citizens can work together to prevent crime.

How does Community Watch work?
It operates to educate participants in principles of deterrence, delay, and detection. It depends on a communication network organized with three levels; the resident, block captains, and co-captains, and the Community Outreach of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. However, the key is that you report suspicious activities to law enforcement.

Community Watch Organization Procedure:
We appreciate your desire to establish a Community Watch Program in your community! The following steps by you and your neighbors prior to re-contacting the Sheriff’s Office can assure successful implementation of a Community Watch Program.

Step 1:
Contact your neighbors and see if they want the program.

Step 2:
If it is determined that you and your neighbors want the program, the next step is to:
A: Select a block captain and a co-captain.
B: Establish a calling list with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the people who will be participating in your Community Watch.

Step 3:
Contact the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Unit to select a date to meet with your neighbors. From the dates available, the Community Outreach Unit will schedule the Community Watch Team for a meeting with your neighbors.

Upon completion of the above steps, the Community Watch Program in your neighborhood will be off to a fine start! It is the hopes of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office that this Community Watch Team concept will assist you in the reduction or elimination of crime within your community.

For more information, contact Corporal Butch Moore with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office:
Cell: 336-843-0937 – Communications: 336-727-2112

Residential Burglary Prevention Information

National Night Out Event

Join us for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the picnic shelter at Covington Memorial Park.


National Night Out – ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ – is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and is observed the first Tuesday in August.  The first National Night Out was held in 1984.  Nationwide, 2.5 million Americans participated in the 1984 event.  Since 1984, the event has grown to involve more than 34 million people in over 10,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

Rural Hall first participated in National Night Out in 2005.  Two block parties were held on National Night Out with two more held in the following weeks.  Despite the intense summer heat, events have been held each year since 2005.

National Night Out is designed to:  1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; 2) generate support for and participation in local anticrime efforts; 3) strengthen neighborhood spirit; and, 4) send a message to criminals that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

To organize an event for your neighborhood, contact Lynette E. Hendrick at Town Hall at (336)969-6856 or via email.

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