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                                                        TORRIDGE DISTRICT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

                                                   ABOUT  US

Neighbourhood Watch Schemes began to appear in Torridge during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, these were normally small and quite individual units.  In August 2001, Devon and Cornwall Police appointed a Watch Development Officer who invited all interested parties in Torridge District to a meeting following which the Torridge District Neighbourhood Watch Forum was formed.  Most of the members came from the Crime Prevention Panel that had been wound by that time.   Derek Thorn became its first Chairman and held that office until he retired in 2008, and made certain that it was on a solid foundation before handing over to Barry Taylor.  Barry was Chairman for two years until he retired in 2010, and he carried out a huge amount of work on re-organising the way membership data was recorded, and also got many of our publications re-written and up to date.  Tom Carrick then took over as Chairman and held the office until January 2019 stepping down to the Vice-Chairman position, to cut back on his workload due to health problems.  David Braziel the Vice-Chairman at that time has stepped up to be Chairman. 
In January 2019 Torridge District NHW had in excess of 5,000 households in membership, who are looked after by co-ordinators and area co-ordinators.  We have four officers, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary Mike Jackson and Treasurer Doug Langley, who are all elected to serve two year terms by the Forum.  The Forum, which is our Management Committee with a maximum of 20 members,  meets four times a year plus our AGM which is held in February each year. 
In past years we have held one NHW Meeting in Holsworthy, Torrington, Bideford and one in a different village each year.  The AGM takes place each year in Bideford.  We are currently trialling a new system and instead of the Forum fixing meetings we are now holding them as and when requested to do so by our area co-ordinators.  The aim being to increase the attendance by members and visiters.
Each week we also produce a Crime Report which is produced by Tom and David and this is sent out to Co-ordinators, Members, Police Beat Teams, Councils and Media by email across the whole of the Torridge area.  We also make several visits around the area with our Beat Teams each year to meet members and to spread the word about Crime Reduction.  We also carry out talks to interested groups and organisations when requested.  Our own website was recently set up and is now a library of information which is available for everyone to access.

We are always seeking ways to improve the service we provide to our members and the general public and the support we provide to our Police Force.  We work closely with our Police but are independent with our Support Office at Bideford Police Station.