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Block Watch

SIX STEPS TO STARTing A BLOCK WATCH

1. Select a Block Captain and Co-Captain. The Captain is the primary VPD contact for a Block Watch group. Suitable candidates complete a telephone interview and a free Police Information Check. Captain / Co-Captain Responsiblities

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2. (a) If there is a Block Watch to join, your query will be sent to the Captain, who will contact you to get involved with your neighbours.


2. (b) If there is NOT a Block Watch to join, you will receive an email to get a Block Watch started. Steps 3 to 9 below will guide you through the duties and activation process

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3. Receive your start-up supplies. Gather participants' email addresses and phone numbers to use as a communication chain between members. You will share alerts about suspicious or criminal activity to inform everyone promptly what is happening in the area.

Captain / Co-Captain Responsibilities

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4. Captains and Co-Captains complete a Police Information Check and leader training session on the same Saturday, held at the VPD, 2120 Cambie Street, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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5. Arrange your first annual Block Watch group meeting in your neighbourhood or complex on a Wednesday or Thursday evening, following the Captain / Co-Captain training session.

The Block Watch Investigations and Training Officer will come with Block Watch supplies and will train your group. The meeting will give you a chance to get to know your neighbours and learn how to identify suspects and best police reporting skills, receive tips to target-harden your residence or complex, discuss common neighbourhood concerns, set up your communication chain, and ask the officer any questions you may have.

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6. The activation process
begins when you submit a Block Watch Participating Household List of your group and hold your first meeting. You will then receive your Block Watch street signs.

Block Watch

Questions?
Call 604-717-2857
Email: BlockWatch@vpd.ca

 

Join or Start a Block Watch

To join or start a Block Watch in your neighbourhood or complex, please contact Leah Marlay with the mailing address of the proposed Block Watch:

  • email or
  • call (604) 717-2857

Next Training Dates

Krenz on Crime

 

Watch former Block Watch Cst. Dave Krenz talk about why you should start a Block Watch in your neighbourhood.

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