It is a common knowledge that security of life and property is the primary responsibility of any responsible and responsive Government and virtually all Organisations, either private or public, seek for an efficient and effective security outfit that will guarantee maximum security of lives, properties and value for money, knowing full well that there cannot be any meaningful development in an atmosphere of chaos.
The initiative to create Grass root Watch was conceived by the Community Development Associations for purpose of securing the community as the name implies. It is an organized group of citizens that are devoted to prevention of crime, criminality and vandalisation within the neighbourhood and to ensure coverage of all nooks and crannies of the State.
In response to the yearnings of Lagosians for the provision of adequate security of life and property, the administration of Brigadier Buba Marwa the then Military Administrator of Lagos state, on 20th October, 1996 established Neighbourhood Watch outfits by edict Number 12 and published in the official gazette No 34 vol. 29 of 29th October, 1996.
The establishment of Neighbourhood Watch was predicated on the State Government conviction that the programme will greatly compliment the effort of the police in crime control at the grass root level.
The past two Executive Governors of Lagos State between 1999-2015 Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) contributed immensely to the development of the Neighbourhood Watch security outfits in such area like provision of infrastructure e.g. construction of 33 Neighbourhood Watch posts with 33 repeater and base station, patrol vehicles, defensive gadgets and training both local and international.
In September 2016 the Administration of His Excellency Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as part of its restructuring agenda enacted and Gazetted the law to establish the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency to transform the Unit into a full-fledged Agency saddled with the responsibility of collaborating with the Federal Police and other security outfits to ensure a safe Lagos State.
To become a model community safety agency that is committed to ensure safe, secure and conducive environment.
To partner with the community, police and other relevant security agencies in gathering, collating, sharing of information as well as intelligence for the purpose of ensuring safety of our neighbourhood.
To engender an efficient, effective, well trained and highly motivated workforce committed to improving the capacity and welfare of all officers and men of the corps.
To enhance public safety through community participation.