Block captains, area coordinators take charge of neighborhood watch

by Airman 1st Class Trevor Rhynes
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Block captains and area coordinators are what make neighborhood watches run smoothly.

They are responsible for disseminating information to residents in the areas they’re responsible for, making a schedule for the neighborhood watch and keeping others informed.

Block captains and area coordinators are trained through the 86th Security Forces Squadron and the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron.

“There are two training sessions: one for anyone willing to join the neighborhood watch and a separate training for those who want to be area coordinators or block captains,” said Tech. Sgt. Gregory Stanley, NCOIC of police services. “Training lasts no longer than two hours, and in the training we provide information on how to identify suspicious behavior, how to report it and how to set up their block schedule.”

If you are interested in joining the neighborhood watch, contact the Ramstein Housing Office here and you will receive an invitation through email to begin training.

“You can go into the housing office and let them know you want to join the neighborhood watch,” said Tech. Sgt. Tyrona Lawson, a block captain in Ramstein housing. “There, they look to see if positions are available and assign responsibility accordingly.”

After the training, block captains can go to security forces members if they have any questions.

“The area coordinators and block captains own their individual program,” Stanley said. “We’re still here for them if they need advice, but after they leave the training, it becomes their own.”

The opportunity to become a block captain gives members of the community the chance to give back.

“I wanted to make sure the neighborhood is safe for my daughter to go out and play with other children,” Lawson said. “I think it’s important for neighbors to know each other and help out with their children.”

For details, contact the Ramstein Security Forces Squadron at 480-1215 or 06371-47-2050, or Vogelweh Security Forces at 489-7501 or 0631-536-7501.