Please help us protect our beautiful park resources by becoming involved.
REPORT Crimes or Suspicious Activity
What Is Park Watch?
Park Watch is an effective crime prevention program for your neighborhood park. The goal of Park Watch is to prevent crime and vandalism through community involvement. Similar to Neighborhood Watch programs, Park Watch asks park users to be extra eyes and ears for the Sheriff's and Recreation and Culture departments. The Park Watch program is an effort to report and prevent crime and vandalism to playground, park equipment and park facilities; to report suspicious activities in parks; to assist in the care and maintenance of our City parks by alerting officials of maintenance needs or other concerns, and to promote public awareness for parks and recreation activities. The Park Watch program asks park patrons and nearby residents to simply keep an eye out while at the park – your eyes and ears are a valuable crime prevention tool!
How Can You Be Involved?
As a resident or park patron, you are in a unique position to both enjoy and protect our parks. Although City staff and the Palmdale Sheriff's Station patrol the parks on a regular basis, they may not see everything that you see. To participate in Park Watch, we simply ask you to report suspicious or illegal activity to the Sheriff's Department, and vandalism, maintenance or other issues by calling the City of Palmdale's 94-PRIDE hotline. Your action of reporting allows law enforcement and the City to be proactive in addressing concerns. The benefits for doing your part will be evident by:
- A reduction in negative incidents
- A reduction in repair and restoration costs for facilities and equipment
- Increased safety for children and park patrons
- Increased community pride
- A concerned community can deter crime by reporting suspicious activities. The best tool to reduce crime is a good neighbor. Park Watch asks you to be a good neighbor to our local parks.
Your Safety is Our Priority
Never put yourself or others at risk—Do not intercede!
Park Watch only asks people to be alert, observant and caring. Contact the appropriate agency so action may be taken by the authorities to address the problem.
How Do I Report What I See?
Please report activities as follows:
- To report a fire, medical emergency, or a crime in progress, call 911
- To report a suspicious person, vehicle or activity that concerns you, or to report a crime that has already been committed, call the Palmdale Sheriff's Station non-emergency number 661/272-2400
- To report maintenance emergencies that require immediate attention (water leaks, broken windows, broken or unsafe equipment), call the City's Maintenance Division at 267-5338 (Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 am-6 pm) or the After-Hours Emergency number, 661/266-3195.
- For all other concerns, call the City's 24-hour hotline, 94-PRIDE (947-7433), select option "6" for Park Watch. Staff reviews all Park Watch calls during regular business hours and will take appropriate action to address your concern.
Suspicious activities to watch for and report to the Sheriff's Department
Types of activities to watch for and report could include:
- Fighting or harassment
- Alcohol or illegal drug use
- Camping or park use after closing
- Motorized vehicles on park grounds
- Individuals vandalizing or defacing facilities or equipment
- Destruction of natural resources
- Selling, peddling or soliciting – prohibited, except during special events
- Amplified sound or loud music – except during special events
- Suspicious activity such as people peering in car windows, trying door handles, sitting in cars talking to passing children, or business transactions being conducted from a vehicle
- Any type of crime in progress or a crime that has already been committed, such as vehicle or building break-in
Activities to watch for and report to 94-PRIDE or Maintenance Division
If immediate attention is necessary to address a maintenance issue, please call the Maintenance Division direct at 267-5338 or the After-Hours Emergency number 266-3195. All other issues may be reported using 94-PRIDE for a non-emergency response.
Water leaks or running water – in public restrooms, fountains or broken sprinklers
- Broken or unsafe equipment
Exterior lights not working
- Vandalism, such as graffiti (already occurred, please note location)
- If you see something that doesn't seem right, but it's not at the level you would contact the Sheriff's Department for, please call and leave a message on 94-PRIDE. If necessary, staff will direct resources to address the issue or concern.
When You Call
A few things to keep in mind when you report information to the Sheriff's Department:
Stay on the line and answer any questions from the dispatcher
- Provide as much detail about the activity, individuals or vehicles (persons description, license plate numbers) involved if they can be safely determined
- Provide the name and address of the park you are calling from. Due to the large size of some parks, please provide a detailed description of where the problem is located within the park using landmarks such as "near the basketball courts," "on the north side of soccer field" or "in the skate park"
All calls to the Sheriff's Station are prioritized. Priority is determined by the Sheriff's Department based on the availability of officers in proximity to the location and the number of other emergent calls received. Please do not expect an immediate response for non-emergency calls. All calls to the 94-PRIDE hotline will be reviewed and addressed by staff during normal business hours, Mon.–Thurs. 7:30 am–6 pm.
- Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 W. Rancho Vista Blvd
- Anaverde Park, 2820 Greenbrier Street
- Barrel Springs Trail & Arena, Sierra Highway & Barrel Springs Rd.
- Melville J. Courson Park, 38226 10th Street East
- Desert Sands Park, 39117 3rd Street East
- Domenic Massari Park, 37716 55th Street East
- Arnie Quinones Park, 41003 50th Street West
- Joshua Hills Park, Fairfield & Via del Rio
- Manzanita Heights Park, 431 Mesa Verde Avenue
- Marie Kerr Park, 39700 30th Street West
- William J. McAdam Park, 38115 30th Street East
- Pelona Vista Park, 37800 Tierra Subida Avenue
- Poncitlán Square, 38315 9th Street East
For additional Park Watch information contact: the Neighborhood Services Safety Department, 661/267-5170 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Recreation and Culture Department, 661/267-5611 or email email@example.com.
Download the Park Watch Brochure
Report Non-Emergency Park Watch Issues Online
For issues requiring an immediate response from the Sheriff's Department, please do not submit your concern online, please call the Palmdale Station at 661/272-2400. For other non-emergency concerns at any of our City parks, please complete and submit the online report form.
Report Non-Emergency Park Watch Issues Online