Last Updated on 05/04/2020
Falls Run Community Neighborhood Watch
The photograph shown was taken in 2005, the first year we participated in National Night Out.
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Run Neighborhood Watch Program
Neighborhood Watch is a safety-enhancing partnership between communities and local law-enforcement agencies.
Neighborhood Watch began in Falls Run in 2005 when Frank Kasmer (deceased) and Bill Smith convened a small group of residents who had been Neighborhood Watch participants in their former communities. Our community was divided into zones, and a captain was selected for each. The Neighborhood Watch Leadership Council consists of the officers of the organization and the zone captains.
Residents who volunteer to patrol their Neighborhood Watch zone serve as extra eyes and ears to report suspicious activities to the Stafford County Office of the Sheriff. Patrollers alert residents when garage doors are left open after dark or carriage light bulbs need replacing. They also notify management when streetlights are not working.
Bill Arnst was elected as director and has served in that role ever since.
The Neighborhood Watch program is intended to be financially self-sufficient. Since January 2015, the NW bank account at BB&T has been under the umbrella of the Falls Run Community Association. NW monies are deposited and disbursed by the FRCA Activities Director following approval by the treasurer or one of the other officers of NW. Requests for reimbursements or expenditures from NW members are made to the NW treasurer. After approval they are forwarded to the Activities Director for payment by check from the NW account.
All donations to NW in the form of cash or checks go to the NW treasurer who forwards them to the Activities Director by check for deposit to the NW account. The annual budget, as well as any expenses not initially included in the budget, must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the NW Leadership Council. The treasurer provides a detailed accounting of income and expenditures at each meeting of the Leadership Council and within ten days of a request from a resident submitted in writing to the NW Director through any member of the Council. It is anticipated that resident donations in support of Neighborhood Watch will be sufficient to run the program indefinitely.