Neighborhood Watch

The Amherst Police Department Neighborhood Watch Program

What is Neighborhood Watch?
The Neighborhood Watch Program was developed to bring together Law Enforcement teams and private citizens in a cooperative effort working together for the betterment of all our citizens.Much of the work is done by the committee chair people and the Neighborhood Watch Officers who are involved with the program.This is simply a program of neighbors watching out for each other.It is designed to enlist the active participation of citizens in cooperation with the police to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

The specific and primary purposes of the Amherst Police and Neighborhood Watch Association is:
  • To become acquainted with your neighbors.
  • To work together to identify and solve problems in your area of our community.
  • To help the police by being aware of and reporting any unusual activities as they occur.
  • To report "abnormal" activity in your neighborhood.
  • To implement crime prevention techniques to enhance home security.
  • Not to apprehend suspects, leave that to the police. It is putting neighbors back into neighborhoods.
  • To facilitate, maintain and improve communications between the citizens of Amherst and the Amherst Police Department by establishing and maintaining a liaison with the Amherst Police Department and exchanging information on crime and crime prevention.
  • To advance crime prevention concepts in the community by educating the public in the application of physical crime prevention techniques.
  • To encourage participation in the Neighborhood Watch Program.
  • To encourage citizen participation in all aspects of crime prevention through media exposure and personal appearances.
  • To work together for the betterment of living conditions for all residents of Amherst through participation in anti-crime and community services activities.

How Does Neighborhood Watch Work?
Neighborhood Watch works by having you and your neighbors use simple techniques to deter, delay and detect crime, and improve the quality of life for the neighborhood.

Being aware of criminal activity can help in keeping your neighborhood safe. Promptly reporting all criminal or suspicious activity to -911-, or Amherst P.D. at 413-259-3000, helps the police to assist you in promoting a safe and healthy neighborhood.

Starting A Neighborhood Watch

Since the police are unable to cover every neighborhood at all times, you can help by forming a Neighborhood Watch. You and your neighbors can stay safe by looking out for 1 another.

Start organizing your neighbors by scheduling a Neighborhood Watch meeting.

Contact your area Neighborhood Watch Officer.

At your meeting, a Neighborhood Watch Officer will explain how you can create an alert neighborhood by using simple crime prevention methods.

Get Going!
  • Canvas your neighborhood for interest.
  • Try to involve neighbors from the streets adjacent to yours.
  • Ask about convenient times to schedule your initial Neighborhood Watch meeting.
  • Neighborhood Watch does not require frequent meetings.
  • It does not ask that anyone take personal risk to prevent crime.
  • Neighborhood Watch leaves the responsibility for apprehending criminals where it belongs, with the police department.

How to Join:
If you’re interested in starting a neighborhood watch in your area, call the Amherst
Police Department and ask for a Neighborhood Watch Officer.Officers can be reached at
(413) 259-3000 or by emailing them.

Sergeant Jerry Millar
Officer Marcus Humber(North Amherst)
Officer William Laramee(Amherst Center)
Officer Jaime Reardon(South Amherst)