A community crime prevention office is a place where community members and businesses can meet and work with the police, in a non-crisis environment, to address crime and safety concerns.
In addition the office participates in community projects such as clean-up campaigns, graffiti paint-outs, and public awareness initiatives. The SVCPC also provides assistance to members of the public with non-emergency crime-related problems and safety concerns.
Police Officers use the office to write reports, make telephone calls and meet with community members. This office is NOT a precinct or a police substation. However, a neighbourhood Police Officer is assigned to the Community Policing Centre to assist in the delivery of crime prevention programs and to help resolve community concerns regarding crime and safety.
All volunteer applicants must undergo and pass a Police record check. Once approved, the volunteer starts working and receives ongoing training as provided by the SVCPC & VPD.
(Patrols: See patrol Section of this website)
Members of the Board, staff members and volunteers of the SVCPC engage in various fundraising activities, such as auctions, membership drives, and others in order to raise money to help pay the office expenses
The SVCPC receives and processes citizen reports on various crimes and safety issues.
Accepting Found Property
The office accepts and handles found property.
Parking Lot Audits
Volunteers conduct visual inspections of vehicles parked on public streets and parking lots, issue reminder notices on how to keep their vehicles and valuables better protected.
The office publishes newsletters and maintains a website to inform members of the community about our office services, upcoming events, past activities, crime, crime prevention issues, and other topics.
On behalf of the VPD the office promotes and actively recruits new members from the community for participation in this valuable crime prevention program.
The office organizes and participates in a wide variety of crime prevention and safety presentations, workshops and events:
>to provide opportunities for members of the community to learn about crime prevention
>to encourage community involvement.
>to provide a forum for community members to discuss criminal activities and other safety concerns with representatives of various local service providers, City of Vancouver staff, and the Vancouver Police Department
Engravers are loaned out to members of the public for the engraving of valuables for police identification.
The office develops and implements special proactive crime prevention initiatives in response to specific crime and safety related problems occurring in the community. Example would be the International Student Safety Program, designed to protect the safety of international students in the City of Vancouver, developed in response to incidents of assaults on ESL students.