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Former Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge in June 2003, first conceived the Neighborhood Network Watch. He had envisioned a community-based group that would monitor our nations public networks. However, due to organization and infrastructure issues in the new fledgling department it fell by the wayside and was never implemented during Ridge’s tenure with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In mid 2006, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff reintroduced former secretary Tom Ridge’s proposal. The new group would be associated with the department but would ultimately work outside of the department as an independent community operated organization modeled after the Neighborhood Watch program. The group would serve as the eyes and ears for not only local law enforcement but for the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, CIA, and NSA.
The first Neighborhood Network Watch chapter was founded in New York City in March of 2007 and began operations in the New York City Area in April 2007. It seems only appropriate that the first chapter of the Neighborhood Network Watch would be founded in New York City since the first Neighborhood Watch groups from the 1960’s.
The first operations from the spring of 2007 were made public in May of 2007. Since then, the NYC Chapter has continued its work, with some of its members traveling to conduct training exercises in various other cities within the U.S. that include Los Angeles, the home of the second Neighborhood Network Watch chapter.
Currently the Neighborhood Network Watch has continued to conduct domestic operations, along with further development of the Neighborhood Network Watch Keyword Analysis Application and Neighborhood Network Watch Wordlist. It is also actively recruiting members for the work of the Neighborhood Network Watch.