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Whiteside County Neighborhood Watch Program

Written by  Wed, January 01 2010


The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office is asking concerned citizens throughout Whiteside County to become involved with the Neighborhood Watch Program. The Neighborhood Watch Program is an organized group of citizens devoted to crime prevention and law enforcement notification within a neighborhood

Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and best-known crime prevention concepts in North America. In the late 1960's, an increase in crime heightened the need for a crime prevention initiative focused on residential areas and involving local citizens with their communities. In 1972 the Neighborhood Watch Program was created to assist citizens and law enforcement.

In November 2009, Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi called a meeting with all of the Police Chiefs in Whiteside County to discuss the re-instituting of this program in their cities and in the unincorporated areas of Whiteside County. All were in favor of do this, but had questions about being able to finance the purchasing of signs and other materials to promote and advertize the program. As we are all aware of, every agency is dealing with financial shortfalls and budget cuts. Sheriff Wilhelmi wanted every city to be able to participate in spite of any budget shortcomings.

At the December 2009 Crime Stoppers Board meeting, Sheriff Wilhelmi presented the need for the Neighborhood Watch Program and the possible financial issues involved with the start-up.
Crime Stoppers graciously donated $5,000.00 to be used for the program. Signs, window stickers and other materials have been ordered and will be distributed to each city and rural neighborhoods.

With the above mentioned budget cuts, the need for citizens to become more involved within the community and law enforcement is more paramount than ever. The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone interested in becoming part of the Neighborhood Watch Program, to contact them for information on how to start.

Please contact the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office at the following:

Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi by phone at 815 772-4044 ext. 240
or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chief Deputy Larry VanDyke by phone at 815 772-4044 ext.218
or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.