Phoenix residents who want to be more active in reducing crime in their neighborhoods have an opportunity this month to join the Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol (PNP) program.

The Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol Program began in 1994 as Block Watchers on Patrol and was associated with the Block Watch McGruff logo. The name and logo changed in 1999.

Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol participants are citizens, not police officers or police department volunteers. They have no powers of arrest beyond that of any private citizen. They are trained for observation purposes only and participate for benefit of their community or neighborhood.

To join the Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol, you must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Phoenix. You also must complete four hours of training in the areas of patrol procedures, observation skills, the 9-1-1 system, reporting techniques, confrontation avoidance, safety practices and Block Watch grants.

The citywide classes are held on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to Noon at the Mountain View Police Precinct, 2075 E. Maryland Ave. Seating is limited to 45 people. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Upcoming training classes include July 22 and Sept. 16. RSVP to or call 602-495-0597.



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