Resource Bank

Community Defense

Copwatch 101

D.C. Justice and Solidarity Collective

| Toolkit/Guide/Manual/Workbook | All Ages

Copwatch groups seek to end police repression through directly monitoring police while they are engaging the public through questioning, detainment, or arrest. Copwatch volunteers spend time walking the streets, observing police and witnessing/recording police interactions with citizens on camera, videotape, audiotape, and/or paper. They often concentrate in areas where known “trouble-making cops” are assigned or areas of high police activity. Copwatch groups also advise people of their rights and listen to their stories.