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School Neighborhood Watch

Is your child in a safe environment?

With the growing numbers of criminal activity in and around schools, it is becoming increasingly more difficult for children to learn in a safe environment. Issues such as gangs, drugs, weapons and bullying are becoming the unfortunate daily norm for many children. One goal for the Turlock Police Crime Prevention Unit is to enhance the safety of children in schools, and to lower crime in the surrounding Neighborhoods. 

School Watch is a program that allows us to reach that goal by developing a strong sense of community around schools and through close partnerships with residents, school staff, parents, and the children attending those schools. 

Improve the Safety of schools and the surrounding environment


School Watch can make the potential for crime, gangs, drugs, weapons, and bullying difficult. By encouraging students to maintain open communication with school staff, and involving residents, parents and school administrators, together we can create a safe environment for children to learn. 

The Crime Prevention Unit will provide the following things for all School Watch programs


  • Regular meetings with School staff and surrounding residents to discuss topics such as: building security, neighborhood safety, gangs, drugs, weapons, bullying, and other School safety concerns.
  • Presentations to students
  • Building security evaluations
  • School Watch Signs

For questions about school safety, please contact:

Crime Prevention Officer
Michelle Backeroff
244 N. Broadway
Turlock, CA 95380
(209) 656-3153
mbackeroff@turlock.ca.us

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