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Shomrim organizations are volunteer civilian patrols which have been set up in many Jewish neighborhoods around the world to combat quality-of-life nuisance crimes. A number of neighborhoods in New Yorkmarker have Shomrim patrols. They work closely with local police departments, who issue Shomrim members with official identification cards as members of a registered civilian patrol. Shomrim also acts as a liaison between the police and the local community and help by testifying as witnesses or assist complainants to get to court.

As a result of such patrols, criminals are more likely to be apprehended. This in turn leads to a lower level of criminal activity in the area. Brooklyn police credit Shomrim patrols with playing a key role in reducing crime.

Shomrim NW London, UK. aka NWCP

Shomrim North West Community Patrol is a volunteer organization which was founded in January 2009 after several attacks and robberies which took place in the streets of North West London. It operates as "mobile neighborhood watch" and acts as eyes and ears to the local Community & Metropolitan Police. Shomrim NWCP is backed by the local Rabbonim and Councilors. Patrol members are obliged to patrol the streets of Golders Green, Hendon, Finchley and Temple Fortune once a month on a rota basis whereby patrol members report crime to the Metropolitan Police. The rota ensures that at least 2 patrol vehicles are patrolling every night.Shomrim NWCP volunteers are on call 24hrs a day for an immediate response and have the capability to deal with various scenarios including the locating of missing persons and work closely with other agencies and voluntary sector organizations. Shomrim NWCP have a dedicated 24hr emergency hot line and the control room is in contact with all volunteers via a 2 way radio system.

Shomrim NWCP volunteers are fully trained to the standard of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and are subject to all traffic and criminal laws of England. The SIA training course covered the following mandatory units: Introduction to the Security Industry, Roles and Responsibilities, Behavioral Standards, Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety, UK Law, Arrest, Searching, Drug Awareness, Reporting, Emergencies & Fire Safety, Conflict Management, Communication Skills, Patrolling, Using Systems and other important items. Shomrim NWCP volunteers have also received training from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) in assisting to identify potential security threats and suspicious activity. Police in many occasions have thanked Shomrim NWCP for their volunteered effort to reduce crime in the neighborhood.

Shomrim North London, UK aka SHSRP

Shomrim Stamford Hill Safety & Rescue Patrol operates as "mobile neighborhood watch" and acts as eyes and ears to the local Community & Metropolitan Police. It was founded in 2008. Shomrim SHSRP is backed by the local rabbonim and councilors and community police liaisons and volunteers are on call 24hrs. Members of the public can call Shomrim SHSRP and responding units will attend a scene and will liaise with the police. Members are in radio contact, and dispatched via a central dispatcher.Shomrim SHSRP have the capability to deal with various scenarios including the locating of missing persons and protocols are in place for full scale searches with North & North West London Shomrim working in partnership Shomrim SHSRP and Shomrim NWCP completed joint training from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) in assisting to identify potential security threats and suspicious activity. Volunteers are fully trained to the standard of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and are subject to all traffic and criminal laws of England. The SIA training course covered the following mandatory units: Introduction to the Security Industry, Roles and Responsibilities, Behavioral Standards, Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety, UK Law, Arrest, Searching, Drug Awareness, Reporting, Emergencies & Fire Safety, Conflict Management, Communication Skills, Patrolling, Using Systems and other important items. The Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC) rabbinate has thanked Shomrim SHSRP for the dedication of its volunteers and that Shomrim SHSRP are providing a valuable service in enhancing the quality of life within the Jewish neighbourhood.

SHSRP are in the middle of establishing an Emergency Unit team who will respond to mass disasters. It will be run within the London Authority Emergency Plan Volume 1.

Williamsburg Shomrim aka WSPU

The Williamsburg Shomrim patrol, in Williamsburgmarker, Brooklynmarker, NYmarker, was started to protect members of the local community from escalating crime. It was founded in 1981 by Mr. Avrum (Abe) Schwartz with the assistance of Rabbi Moshe Hoffman OB"M and is known to immediately respond to cries of "chaps eim" (Yiddish for "catch him") when a crime victim yells out for help . It has now become a full citizen patrol as part of the NYPD Community Affairs Division . Its members receive training in the laws of stopping suspects, as well as extensive training in search and rescue missions . Members are in radio contact, and dispatched via a central dispatcher. They investigate suspicious persons, assist residents with police matters, and conduct searches for missing persons. The primary areas are in the confines of the NYPD's 90th, 79th and 88th Precincts.

Boro Park Shomrim aka BSSP

The Boro Parkmarker Shomrim (BSSP) originally started as "The Bakery Boys" when a group of bakery delivery men noticed a surge of crime during their late night and early morning deliveries. It has now become a full citizen patrol as part of the NYPD Community Affairs Division. Their primary area is in the confines of the NYPD's 66th Precinct.

Crown Heights Shomrim aka CHVP

Crown Heightsmarker Shomrim, originally named Maccabees, was founded in the early 1960s by Rabbi Samuel Schrage, who saw a need for a Jewish patrol on the streets of Crown Heights.

The Maccabees switched leadership and changed names in the mid-sixties, under the guidance of Rabbi Mendel Shemtov. Now they became known as Shmira, but their job description remained very similar.

During the summer black-outs in the 1970s, numerous neighborhoods suffered from looters and thefts; in Crown Heights, the Shmira volunteers were out in full force, and not one store was robbed.

The vision for the organization was always to promote the safety and well-being of the Crown Heights neighborhood. As the needs of the community expanded, so did Shmira. While the organization had originally based its headquarters in 770 Eastern Pkwy, they soon moved to the buildings of the Community Council, a community-based social services agency. Operating under the umbrella of the Community Council bolstered the Crown Heights Shmira and helped it carry on.

Flatbush Shomrim aka FSSP

The Flatbush Shomrim Patrol began when 23-year old Flatbush resident Chaim Deutsch was inspired by other volunteer patrols in adjacent neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

The Flatbush Shomrim patrol covers over 40 blocks. Volunteers who wish to join are screened by checking references and interviewing members of the community who might know the candidate. All volunteers must commit to patrol at least once a week and to be on radio call.

Flatbush Shomrim works closely with the 63rd and 70th police precincts. Flatbush Shomrim members also monitor the courts.

Controversy

The Shomrim and Shmira patrols have been accused of stopping and questioning based on race, have been accused of using excessive force, and committing crimes themselves. Patrols have been considered ineffective, especially with tensions between multiple groups in some areas, and put residents at each-others ends.

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