Notes from the President

Regan Borisenko, Vernon RCMP

In 1991, the Block Watch Program was started in Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Port Moody, Maple Ridge and Langley, making this their 30 th birthday! The Block Watch Society of BC was officially registered in BC as of April 1993, so the Society is officially 28 years in the making.

The Block Watch Society, through its Board of Directors, is the governing body for the Block Watch program. We are the only operational, province-wide, community safety group working
under the umbrella of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch, of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

What the Society promotes is an organizational strategy using partnerships between the police and the community to proactively provide
community safety and education training to address issues of crime, community safety and the fear of crime. Block Watch Coordinators study the skills and principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design; Crime Prevention Through Social Development, problem solving models and various crime reduction strategies in order to pass along this education and skill set to the communities in their care.

In keeping with the priorities of the Block Watch Society and our commitment to the Ministry we will be starting our Zoom program training for our members to ensure our message and program updates are in the hands of the Coordinators delivering them. The first dates are May 5th  and 19th  for these 2 hour Zoom “Train the Trainer” sessions.

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