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Information for Block watch leaders

Block Watch Leader Training

Everyone attending Block Watch Leader training is required to have an application on file with Block Watch and have completed a Police Information Check in the past five years. The VPD Block Watch office will provide documentation enabling qualified Block Watch Leaders for a free Non-Vulnerable Section Police Information Check, which are valid for Block Watch purposes only.

In order to reserve a seat, new applications must be received in the Block Watch office at least four business days prior to the training date. Your seat will be confirmed once the Police Information Check is received, pending seat availability. Block Watch leaders attending for refresher training do not need to re-apply.

Current Leaders are encouraged to attend refresher training every five years. You are also invited to accompany any new replacement or additional Leaders attending training for the first time.

Suspect Identification Training

Suspect Identification training provides crime prevention skills beyond the Block Watch manual to all Block Watch members who have never been trained or want refresher training.

This training is the same "First Meeting" training the Block Watch Investigations & Training Officer provides to new Block Watches in their neighbourhood or complex to complete the activation of a team. Only household members on a Leader’s Block Watch map are invited to register. Leaders do not need to take this training but are certainly invited and welcome to register and attend.

About Suspect Identification Training

The VPD Block Watch Suspect Identification training was developed by 33-year Vancouver Police veteran, Constable David Krenz, Block Watch Investigations and Training Officer, in collaboration with Leah Marlay, Block Watch Coordinator.

The training is a thought-provoking, entertaining, and memorable presentation that will empower you to confidently recognize suspicious behaviour when body language is in CRIME MODE. With the use of real video surveillance clips, Constable Krenz demonstrates the most common profile, MO (modus operandi), body language, disguises, and excuses of suspects who are in CRIME MODE.

Constable Krenz explains, “Criminals are not ghosts! Once you are trained to know what to look for and how to interpret it, you will be able to see these suspects. They will no longer be able to hide in plain sight. You will see them as they enter your neighbourhood or complex.”

You will learn much more, including how to "target-harden" your house, condo, or townhouse. Make your home less noticeable and more difficult for a thief to break into. If your home doesn’t attract their attention or is too challenging to enter, they may just move on to an easier target.

We encourage all Block Watch members to register to take the Suspect Identification training. It will help make all of our neighbourhoods just a little bit safer.

Residents register through their Block Watch Leader
Must be over 12 years of age

Block Watch Leaders, please provide the following information about your member to blockwatch@vpd.ca:

  1. block watch number
  2. resident's name
  3. email address

Block Watch Group Meetings

As a Block Watch Leader, you can request that the Block Watch Investigations & Training Officer or a VPD patrol member attend your annual group meeting.

Call the Block Watch office at (604) 717-2857 or email blockwatch@vpd.ca two weeks in advance of your meeting to make the request, and advise us of the following details:

  • date
  • time from / to
  • best arrival time for police
  • location
  • if the meeting is outside, alternate weather plans
  • name and cell phone contact for the day of your event
  • approximate number of adults and children
  • quantities of any required supplies and date of pick up

Due to call load and staff minimums, the Block Watch office cannot guarantee that a patrol member will attend. Patrol members will do their best to attend the meeting at the stated time.

If you are having a Block Party and require the street blocked off, you will find more information on the City of Vancouver's website.

If you are having a Block Party and require the street blocked off, you will find more information on the City of Vancouver's website.

Next Training Dates

Block Watch Leader Training sessions are held on Saturdays from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at VPD Headquarters at 2120 Cambie St. (see map).

Police record checks are from 12:00 to 12:45 and Leader training is from 1:00 to 5:00.

Upcoming 2017 dates:

  • November 4

Suspect Identification Training sessions are from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

  • November 23

Downloadable Block Watch Applications & Posters

Log It or Lose It

Log It or Lose It is a campaign encouraging people to record their property in a manner that will help police return the item to its rightful owner if recovered.

Constable Dave Krenz of Krenz on Krime explains the program in this video.

Interested in Working for the VPD?

If you are entering the police hiring process for officers, or for Jail Guard or Community Safety Personnel positions, volunteer and community experience is highly regarded.

Consider volunteering as your Block Watch Captain.