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Town Watch Integrated Services


Learn about the mission, approach, and history of Town Watch Integrated Services.

Our mission

Our mission is to make positive neighborhood change and create safe, supportive environments. Town Watch groups build partnerships with local stakeholders and offer services to help them create a better quality of life.

We view organized blocks as the basis for healthy communities—places where people talk to each other, care for each other, and work together.

Our approach

Town Watch sends trained staff into neighborhoods based on need, to work with local leaders and host discussions on a range of community issues. Together, we identify community objectives and develop plans for change.

The overall responsibility of Town Watch groups is to observe, document, and report. We work with district police to assist in crime prevention and reporting. We also participate on local Police District Advisory Commissions (PDACs).

Our history

Philadelphia Operation Town Watch formed on July 1, 1996, under the leadership of Anthony Murphy. He and two other staff members began the process of training and certifying more than 300 existing Town Watch groups in the City of Philadelphia.

Town Watch Integrated Services (TWIS) has since grown to include:

  • Safe Corridors and other community programs.
  • School supports.
  • Mediation services.
  • Community capacity-building and empowerment efforts.