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Naperville Community Radio Watch

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Naperville Community Radio Watch (CRW) was established in 1982 by the police department utilizing a group of citizen volunteers who were interested in helping their community.  CRW members receive specialized training from police department personnel and since the inception CRW has logged thousands of patrol hours acting as additional eyes and ears for the Naperville Police Department. CRW's intent is not to replace the patrol activities of police officers, but to provide the police department, and the citizens of Naperville, with additional individuals trained in police observation capabilities to reduce crime and enhance public safety.

Community Radio Watch has received many commendations from state and local officials and has been featured in the Daily Herald, Chicago Tribune, Naperville Sun, NBC News and the National Publication, “The Police Chief.” CRW and the police department has been contacted by countless police agencies and citizens groups from as far away as Canada and Great Britain interested in learning about the CRW Unit.

Community Radio Watch is composed of volunteer citizens who supplement the police force as observers of suspicious or criminal activity. Additionally, CRW provides additional police department supervised security at  special events including parades, triathlons, city fairs and activities.

Naperville's explosive growth and large land area make it difficult to deter or prevent all criminal activity. Through diverse assignments and random patrols, Community Radio Watch can never be discounted as a threat to any intended criminal act. Every pair of headlights is a legitimate concern for would-be lawbreakers. By it's existence, CRW acts as a deterrent to criminal activity and affords the city with a unique crime prevention resource.

Responsibilities include:

  • Reporting any criminal activity.
  • Report criminal opportunity situations such as homes inviting to burglars because of open garage doors or businesses with unsecured property.
  • Reporting suspicious persons, vehicles or situations.
  • Providing surveillance, security patrol, and other support services as assigned by police department personnel.
  • Conduct traffic control and radar patrols.

Applicants MUST comply with the following criteria:

  • A mature, responsible citizen, with an interest in the community (a resident or employed in Naperville).
  • Applicant must be at least 25 years of age.
  • Applicants must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Learn the basics of Criminal and Civil Law.
  • Receive training in police observation and communication procedures.
  • Understand police department procedures.
  • Participate in ride-alongs in squad cars on patrol.
  • Participate in ride-alongs with Senior Badge CRW members.
  • Receive dispatch training.

If you are interested in making a difference; being part of a growing, recognized and diverse organization; and want to help in maintaining Naperville as a wonderful and safe place to raise a family, call the Naperville Police Department at (630) 305-5477 or attend a monthly meeting held the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Training Room at the Naperville Police Department, 1350 Aurora Ave.