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Virtual Block Watch

Virtual Block Watch

The Virtual Block Watch (VBW) program is a web-based, volunteer-driven, two-way communication tool that effectively utilizes the speed and ease of broadcast of email to relay important information about street closures, criminal activity, and other topics relevant to downtown Cincinnati. Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI) and the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) introduced the VBW program in September 2003, which takes the Sector Group meetings to a new level.

Web-based VBW membership now allows for DCI and CPD to communicate immediately with volunteers, residents, and employees working downtown. The system passed its first test with flying colors when a thief was captured within hours after his image – caught on a security camera – was posted on the website. To date, more than 1,000 volunteers have joined the VBW program.

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