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Block Watch

STEPS TO STARTing A BLOCK WATCH

1. To find out if you can join or start a Block Watch, email your Vancouver address to the Block Watch Coordinator. Captain / Co-Captain Responsiblities

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


1. (b) If there is NOT an existing Block Watch to join, you will receive an email to get a Block Watch started. See the steps below to guide you through the duties and activation process.

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2. Select a Block Captain and Co-Captain. The Captain is the primary liaison between the VPD and their Block Watch group. Suitable candidates complete a telephone interview and a free Police Information Check. Captain / Co-Captain Responsiblities

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

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4. Captains and Co-Captains attend the VPD for a leader training session, held at the VPD, 2120 Cambie Street, from 1:00 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 Tuesday, 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, learn how to identify suspects, 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. Block Watch signs
will be installed once you have submitted a Block Watch Participating Household List of your group and have held your first meeting with the Block Watch constable.

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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