#GunCrisis Solution of the Day: Volunteer Town Watches

Town Watch Integrated Services (TWIS) is an organization of men and women in Philadelphia dedicated to improving their communities. This group of volunteers serves their neighborhoods in many ways, from patrolling local streets at night, to partnering with neighborhood-beautification organizations. Here is the description of TWIS methodology from their website:

Working together Town Watch groups have historically built partnerships that make positive neighborhood change. The Police can not be everyplace, By Being the “Eyes and Ears”, and reporting concerns to the district police they take a major part in assisting with crime prevention.

Community engagement and support have been added to TWIS, bridging  the gap between crime prevention and community accountability. Trained staff is deployed into neighborhoods based on need, to identify and work with the local leaders. Through planning, facilitation and discussion we bring to light an entire range of community issues. Organized blocks are the basis for healthy neighborhoods, people talking to each other, working together, and caring for each other is the only way things get done.

The overall responsibility of a Town Watch groups is to Observe, Document, and Report. For this reason TWIS Community Support staff facilitate in developing Community meetings, training of members, procurement of equipment and provide ongoing assistance for the groups to function.

For more information on TWIS, like them on Facebook, and follow the organization’s executive director Anthony Murphy on Twitter.

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