The Neighborhood Watch program is a partnership between neighborhoods and Police working together to make neighborhoods safe. The Hastings Neighborhood Watch program was started in 1997 and involves residents of neighborhoods working together by knowing each other, communicating with each other and keeping an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighborhood. Who better to know what vehicles or people should be in your neighborhood than the people that live in the neighborhood day in and day out?
At the start of the Neighborhood Watch program in 1997 there were six neighborhoods involved in the program. That number has more than tripled today. The first Tuesday in August of each year is declared and designated as National Night Out, which is a nationwide celebration and recognition of neighbors and neighborhoods working and making a positive statement to say no to crimes in their neighborhoods. Participating neighborhoods host parties and picnics with food, games and fellowship being exchanged with neighbors. Police and Fire department personnel and city officials visit the various neighborhoods to share and network with the various neighborhoods about issues and concerns they may have. Approximately 20 Hastings neighborhoods participate in this national event each year.
If you do not have a Neighborhood Watch program in your neighborhood and would be interested in starting one, please contact the Hastings Police Department at (651) 480-2300 or email HPD@ci.hastings.mn.us.