This is the information page for Wendy Dorival (Volunteer Program Coordinator – Sanford Police Department), a witness in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. You will find links to the available documents and media below. You can also locate other corresponding testimony and information on the site.
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She explains the neighborhood watch program in general. Someonein the community makes contact with the PD. She talks to them about the basic principles: 1) Get to know neighbors 2) know your community. She then does a NW startup presentation to get the rest of the communitry engaged. She creates flyers for them to pass out. She does a PP presentation regardless of the number of people. They cover observation skills, recognition, basic duties of the NW coordinator and block captain.
Typically by the meeting people have determined who they want in those roles. Sometimes the HOA decides these roles. The coorinator his the head, and the block captains handle 1 or 2 blocks. At the meeting, everyone signs the list and leaves their contact information (email/phone number), because after that they create a phone tree.
She said that the number one issue in this community was buglaries, because they had three or four before she got there. There were 25 people present at the meeting. She had a followup email that said she felt she had a good turnout of 25 people. It is not the policy of the NW program for NW members to confront suspicious individuals. They aren’t supposed to make contact, no confrontations. They tell them to use therir eyes and ears. They are supposed to observe and report. She points out the specifics in the training materials where they reiterate this.
The following interviews are the full, uncut audio files released as part of the discovery court proceedings in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. Names and some other identifying information have been redacted to protect the identities of the witnesses.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement – March 19, 2012 (~ min)