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May 5 – 11 is Emergency Preparedness Week across Canada.  What are you doing to get prepared?

Communities across BC face a number of natural hazards, which can vary from region to region. Knowing your risks, having a plan, and making an emergency kit are steps to take to keep your family safe and healthy during an unforeseen emergency.

Visit www.getprepared.gc.ca for free online resources and publications to prepare yourself and your loved ones for an unforeseen emergency.

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What’s Your #9pmRoutine?

Property crimes are often crimes of opportunity. To reduce the opportunity of becoming a victim of property crime, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida began the #9pmRoutine. The program started in 2017 by has since spread to police agencies across the United States and Canada.

BCCPA is encouraging home owners and residents to establish a 9 p.m. Routine to protect themselves their loved ones and their property from becoming targets or victims of property crime.

The 9 p.m. Routine has a few simple steps:

  1. Remove valuables, including garage door openers from vehicles
  2. Lock vehicle
  3. Close the overhead garage door
  4. Lock door between garage and house
  5. Close & lock all external doors
  6. Ensure all windows are shut & locked
  7. Turn on an outside light

BCCPA has designed several infographics to assist BCCPA Members in encouraging their community members to establish a nightly routine to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community from victimization.  Programs are welcome to share these images through your social media channels or as communication tools.  BCCPA will continue to share additional images that are designed to support the #9pmRoutine initiative.

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SAVE THE DATE: Engaging with Impact: Adapting for Success

BCCPA 2019 Training Symposium – October 29 & 30, 2019
Firefighters Banquet & Conference Centre ~ 6515 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby, BC

BCCPA is excited to announce the program for the 2019 Training Symposium is coming together. Engaging with Impact ~ Adapting for Success, will provide delegates with resources to build on lessons from crime prevention principles such as Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) and problem-oriented policing. Delegates will also gain knowledge for addressing community safety concerns by applying an integrative and holistic approach.

Agenda at a Glance (session titles subject to change)

Day One

0830 – 0900      Welcome and Opening

0900 – 1700      SafeGrowth: Integrating 1st & 2nd Generation CPTED into Community Safety  ~ Greg Saville

Day Two

0830 – 0900      Welcome and Opening

0900 – 1500      Engaging with Impact  ~ Jim Diers, Neighbor Power

1500 – 1630      Making it Work in Our Community: Local Adaptation of Promising Crime Prevention Programs  ~ Public Safety Canada, National Crime Prevention Strategy

Meet our Trainers

Greg Saville is a former police officer, registered urban planner, and criminologist who consults with police departments in problem-solving and trains police officers in emotional intelligence and problem-based learning. He is also a registered urban planner specializing in CPTED – especially 2nd Generation CPTED. Greg is the founder of the International CPTED Association and the current co-chair of the Police Society for Problem Based Learning.

Jim Diers is driven by a passion for getting people engaged with their communities and in the decisions that affect their lives. Over the past 40 years, Jim has served as a grass roots community organizer, community developer, and founding director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods. An internationally sought after trainer, Jim shares the lessons from his work and provides technical assistance to community associations, non-profit organizations, and government.

The National Crime Prevention Strategy works to provides national leadership on innovative and cost-effective ways to prevent and reduce crime by intervening on the risk factors before crime happens. The NCPC’s principles are that, to produce optimum results, crime prevention interventions should: be integrated with the activities of other programs and services; build on the knowledge of known risk and protective factors and use evidence-based practices; be focussed on specific priorities; and be measurable.

Registration details available shortly

 

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BCCPA SNAPSHOT – Spring 2019

Welcome to the Spring Communique,

As the flowers begin to bloom, the sounds of birds echo in the air, and wildlife emerge from winter hibernation, not all communities are embracing the early signs of spring as we would hope. We have heard from many members across the province about fears of flooding as the snow melts followed by the threat of a hot summer that instills fear of fires.

We are encouraging communities, business and families to be proactive in their spring cleaning and to consider best ways to secure their home when preparing to leave for holidays or in event you are forced to evacuate your home with short or no notice.

While we most often see the best in people during crisis and disasters there are some who prey on people and addresses of homes and properties where people have gone away or evacuated.

Applying the principles of CPTED to our seasonal readiness will allow us to target harden those hazards, risks and vulnerabilities identified by looking at home and business safety differently. Examples include ensuring interior and exterior lighting is set to turn on and off during your absence. This can be controlled by easy to install timers controlled by cell phone apps locally or remote.

Include updating your family emergency plan in the list of spring things to accomplish. The importance of having your family and your business ready to respond to whatever perils the seasons brings is not only proactive it can prevent further harm from occurring before, during and after your holiday or evacuation.

We are looking forward to extending our inventory of resources and tools to assist with your crime prevention initiatives for your homes and programs. Please see attached resources or links for ideas and templates.

Wishing you everyone a safe & happy Spring
Carolyn Sinclair, BCCPA Executive Director

Save the Date:

BCCPA will be hosting its 2019 Training Day on Wednesday October 30 at the Firefighters Club Banquet and Conference Centre in Burnaby (Metrotown), BC. Stay tuned for details of the day’s activities.

Stakeholder Survey

BCCPA recently sent an invitation to its members, partners, and stakeholders to take part in a Stakeholder’s Survey. If you have not completed the survey, please take a few minutes to provide feedback to assist the BCCPA shape the delivery of its services and resources to meet the challenges faced by crime prevention practitioners across the province.

Spotlight on the SAR Program

Through the successful partnership involving the BCCPA, ICBC, the RCMP, the Canadian Police Information Centre and local crime prevention volunteers, the Stolen Auto Recovery (SAR) Program has been assisting local police across British Columbia in identifying stolen vehicles since 1995.

Volunteers work in teams, patrolling the streets and entering the license plate numbers of parked and moving vehicles into computers, tablets and cell phones that contain the latest information on stolen vehicles. If a plate matches one that’s listed as stolen, volunteers keep an eye on the target vehicle and alert the police, who take the appropriate action.

In the course of their volunteer duties it is not uncommon for volunteers to check thousands of vehicle license plates and regularly identify stolen vehicles. Here is a snapshot of what the last 3 months in 2018 looked like for the 48 active SAR groups across the province. 2,073 log-ins were made into the SAR database. The various SAR data files were downloaded 2,072 times. 875,993 plates were checked. 249 stolen vehicles were recovered.

If you would like to learn more about the SAR program, email Stolen.Auto.Recovery@gmail.com.

Spotlight on BCCPA Director Rod Tulett

Following his service as a Chief Engineer with the Royal Canadian Navy, Mr. Tulett joined the City of Vancouver in 1994 where his duties focused primarily on logistics support for emergency and event management with the Office of Emergency Management, and the Emergency and Operational Planning section of the Vancouver Police. In 2005 he became the Security & Emergency Coordinator with Metro Vancouver Regional District, responsible for managing security, emergencies, investigations and enforcement activities.

Rod is an appointed Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner of BC, Counter-Terrorism Information Officer (RCMP), and a certified Fusion Liaison Officer with Washington State Fusion Centre (US-DHS). He also remains active in the Navy Reserve as a Chief Petty Officer, where he has specialized in Public Safety and acts as a Regional Liaison Officer for Joint Task Force Pacific, liaising with civil authorities in BC. Rod is a former Coxswain of HMCS Discovery in Vancouver.

Rod is deeply involved in indigenous reconciliation activities through the annual Pulling Together Canoe Journey. This is a joint First Nations – Public Service agency canoe trip that takes place over 10 days each summer, visiting many different communities. In 2017 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society that organizes the Journey.

Honours Rod has received include the Canadian Forces Decoration with 2nd Clasp and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Kicking Off a New Year

Happy New Year on behalf of the BCCPA Board of Directors and Staff.

It is an honour to be representing the BC Crime Prevention Association in my role as the President. BCCPA celebrated its 40th year in 2018 and we start 2019 with renewed energy promoting crime prevention and safety initiatives throughout our wonderful Province. We are excited to hear and share your successes.

I would like to recognize the following members of our Board of Directors: Superintendent Marcie Flamand for her past leadership as President and her continued support now serving as Past President; Wendy Hawthorne for her continued service as our Vice President in a civilian role having recently retired from Transit Police after over 30 years of service; Sergeant Rob Smith for continued support and leadership representing BCCPA on Vancouver Island; Superintendent Rod Tulett serving as a Director sharing his diverse background.

I would like to pay special thanks to Superintendent Shawna Baher, now serving as the RMCP detachment commander of Vernon North Okanagan. Due to the demands of this new role, Shawna is unable to maintain her role on the board, but remains a strong advocate for the BCCPA.

Last fall, BCCPA lost long-time crime prevention supporter and BCCPA Director, George Kjenner, who passed away suddenly in October. George joined the BCCPA Board of Directors and 2004 with enthusiasm and eagerness to assist staff in achieving the Association’s goals. With a smile on his face, George would often be seen at BCCPA’s Annual Symposiums directing delegates to their workshop sessions. George was also actively involved in community safety initiatives in his home community of Campbell River. His smile and passion was an inspiration to many. (photo credit: Comox Valley Record)

We thank our Executive Director Carolyn Sinclair, Program Manager Celine Lee and Program Assistant Lynn Krag who all diligently work hard at the front end. They are the strength of the association.

As we move forward in 2019 and beyond, we are looking for new leaders, both sworn and civilian, to serve on our Board. If you or someone you know might be interested please feel free to let us know. It would be ideal to have a diverse board representing our entire Province. What’s in store for 2019? You will have to stay tuned for exciting training and interesting topics.

Thank you!
S/Sgt. Kevin Bernardin