Talmadge Watch: Volunteer Citizens Patrol

The Talmadge Watch: Volunteer Citizens Patrol (TW:VCP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization. The Patrol program is designed to deter criminal activity in the Talmadge neighborhood by providing a visible presence of volunteer security patrols on all neighborhood streets and alleys.  619-453-8268 Participants are trained to “observe and report” criminal activity and suspicious activity to the […]

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Neighborhood Watch

Talmadge Neighborhood Watch prevents and reduces crime through community education, neighborhood volunteerism, and police and local government involvement. Block Captains and “BlockWatch” groups on are components of Neighborhood Watch, promoting awareness among neighbors and bringing us together! Our neighborhood watch is part of Talmadge’s commitment to a strong and safe community. Talmadge Neighborhood Watch […]

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Talmadge Fire Safety Committee

Talmadge Fire Safety Committee (TFSC) is a volunteer organization established to promote fire safety for all residents of Talmadge. The primary function of TFSC is to provide information to assist residents with fire safety awareness. TFSC is not an enforcement entity. Contact: 1985 Normal Heights Fire Approximately 2 miles west of Talmadge, a fire […]

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Help keep Talmadge safe, Volunteer with one of the above neighborhood organizations!

If event of emergency, crime in progress, or sighting suspects: Call 9-1-1 immediately!

For all else, call the police non-emergency number at (619) 531-2000. Review this document on how to call the police for more information.

To share with Talmadge Patrol, email, or call (619) 453-8268

SDPD Contacts
As of May 2019, the SDPD Officers of the current command for Mid-City and our 820s:
Lt. Bill Brown
Captain Todd Griffin
Community Liaison Officer (CLO) Terry Hoskins, cell# (760) 807-9957

Talmadge is a safety-minded community with a Talmadge Patrol, a Neighborhood Watch, and a Talmadge Community Council all partnered closely with the San Diego Police Department. Information about the important role of our Community Liaison Officer is shared below on this Safety webpage. In Talmadge, everyone is watching out for our neighbors!

Report & Track Crime
If you see a crime in progress, call 911.
If you see something that looks suspicious call the police non-emergency number at 619-531-2000.

To track crime in the area, visit

To anonymously report tips to help solve a crime, contact Crime Stoppers:
• Call 888-580-8477
• Text to 274637 and include SDTIPS at the beginning of the text
• Visit the website at or
• Download the free iPhone App
• Search the San Diego Crime Stoppers Tip Page on Facebook

Reporting Crime Incidents
When you report a crime/suspicious activity to 911 or less urgent incidents to police non-emergency number [(619) 531-2000], always ask for the incident number from the police dispatcher before you hang up.

After your call, please alert the Talmadge Patrol of the incident, so they can focus patrols efficiently and effectively in the neighborhood. Contact Patrol via email, or via phone at (619) 453-8268.

Also, be sure contact our SDPD Community Liaison Officer (CLO) via email and inform the CLO of the incident number and details. This simple step will accelerate CLO tracking of the incident for you and the Talmadge-wide community, and may also help Police connect the incident to a crime pattern and lead to criminal arrest.

One of the CLO’s roles is to see the big picture and ensure all pertinent citizen info, eye witness reports, and any discovered stolen items get to the assigned case Detectives/Investigators. The CLO can report back to the neighborhood any updates deemed publicly appropriate to release. Routinely, the CLO and officers of the MidCity Division Command present at our Talmadge Community Council (TCC) meetings to update attendees on current area crime and to review citizen best practices & habits for crime prevention.

It’s easy to contact our acting CLO:
Contact Officer Terry Hoskins via email: . Though Ofc Hoskins has a desk phone (619) 516-3091 , he is typically in the field. Instead, he invites you to call his cell at (760) 807-9957 when you have urgent info for him, or no response to your previous email is received.

SDPD CLOs make Notifications to us via our neighbor forum Nextdoor, but please note the SDPD cannot see our neighborhood posts and info exchanges on Nextdoor. They can however see and reply to our our Talmadge Googlegroup postings.

CLO and the command officers are members of our Talmadge GoogleGroup, so officers can see the info you post to the Group email. Better than Nextdoor, your crime related posts to the GoogleGroup simultaneously alert neighbors on the Group and inform our CLO. The group members’ emails in response may help to track suspect locations & descriptions. To ensure your GoogleGroup emails on crime stand out to the CLO, make sure you use an easily identifiable/descriptive subject line that will help prompt the CLO to open your crime-related email.

Disaster Preparedness
Prepare everyone in your household prior to an emergency, so you’re empowered to confidently and effectively act in case of emergency.

More resources on disaster preparedness from the American Red Cross are available here.

Additional disaster preparedness resources:
CDC Guide to Extreme Heat
Disaster Preparedness at Home: Filter Out the Damage
Disaster Prep & Self Storage – What You Need to Know
What You Need to Know to Keep Your Family and Your Belongings Safe
PA DMV Emergency Driving Tips
Emergency Preparedness for Seniors & the Disabled
Humane Society – Protect Your Pets
Ready for Anything: First Aid for Pets
Disaster Preparedness Essentials