What is Park Watch?An initiative to improve park and visitor safety, increase
public ownership of parks, and deter and reduce crime through the combined
efforts of trained, passive volunteers, Howard County Park Rangers, and the Howard
County Police Department. Park Watch asks patrons to be the “eyes and ears” of
their communities in order to fight crime and keep their public spaces safe.
How Does it Work?Residents know their local parks the best and are able to
identify suspicious activities or unsafe situations. A concerned community can
reduce crime simply by reporting activity to the police and park rangers. Park
Watch is an initiative that teaches citizens personal safety techniques and
works to reduce crime, making our parks safer for everyone.
Interested in Joining Park Watch?Consider contributing to the safety of your community by
becoming a Park Watch volunteer! Interested individuals can sign up through the
HoCo volunteer webpage (
https://hocovolunteer.org/custom/501/index.php). Volunteers must be 18 years or older and pass a background
check. Park Watch volunteers are involved citizens who patrol our parks on the
lookout for vandalism, park damage or potentially suspicious activity.
Contact us to
schedule an educational training for yourself or for your community group.
Natural Resources Division: 410-313-1679Email: firstname.lastname@example.org