Street Watch

What is Street Watch?

  • Street Watch is led by members of the public who kindly volunteer their time and provide support for the Police and Redbridge Council through the prompt reporting of a crime, suspicious activity, anti-social behaviour and street-care issues to make the community safer.
  • Street Watch is not owned or managed by the Police or Redbridge Council, so you will never be tasked directly.
  • It is a non-confrontational role and as a volunteer you will engage with your local community explaining what Street Watch is and encouraging people to get to know their neighbours.

What can I do as a member?

  • You would provide high visibility reassurance in neighbourhoods by patrolling the streets in pairs, and reporting any suspicious activity and street-care issues.
  • Schedules are developed around your availability, and you also have the option to cycle whilst on patrol. A neighbourhood ward coordinator also provides contact at the beginning and end of every patrol.

How do I join Street Watch?

  • If you would like the opportunity to become a Street Watch member you will be required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check, using our online form below.

Apply for a DBS check

See guidance and information on DBS checks and documents required on GOV.UK.


What happens after I apply?

  • You will be invited to meet a member of staff via Skype, Microsoft or Zoom meeting, where your identification documents can be checked and verified.
  • If you are unable to meet in this way, there will be an opportunity to meet in person on a date and time to be determined at:
    Ley Street Depot
    531 Ley Street
    Ilford
    Essex

    IG2 7QZ 

Volunteer training

  • Volunteers will be invited to attend a training event which will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and run by the Police Ward Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
  • After training and with your DBS checks complete, you will be covered by Public Liability Insurance, issued with your Street Watch kit and you’ll be ready to start patrolling.

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