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REALTORS® and police officers from across the Lower Mainland gathered recently to celebrate 11 years of partnership through the Realty Watch program.
The program highlights the critical role that relationships between police and REALTORS® can play in making our communities safer, according to an RCMP leader in crime prevention in B.C.
“The Realty Watch Program is both unique and powerful. It can trigger an almost instantaneous mobilization of 13,000 professionals, who are also dedicated and eager citizens willing to engage with the police in support of broader community needs,” said Insp. Terry Kopan, Officer in Charge, "E" Division Crime Prevention & Program Support Services. “We know policing today is about community building and fostering strong connections. We all have a vested interest in keeping the neighbourhoods safe where we live and raise our children.”
Inspector Kopan was the keynote speaker at the annual Realty Watch Police Breakfast, held in White Rock on November 5. Sponsored by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) and the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB), the event drew nearly 200 senior police officers, crime prevention representatives, and former Realty Watch committee members.
“Realty Watch is successful because the REALTOR® and law enforcement communities have a strong working relationship and share the same goal for the program, which is to assist the public in finding missing loved ones,” Jake Moldowan, REBGV president said.
Realty Watch is a community crime prevention program operating across the Lower Mainland, from Whistler to Hope and every community in between. REALTORS® assist police by acting as ‘extra eyes and ears’ in their communities and by responding to ‘fan-outs’ or text messages that ask REALTORS® to be on the lookout for a missing child or senior citizen.
Kopan said the community-based approach to modern policing was introduced by Sir Robert Peel, considered the father of modern policing, when he developed the nine principles of policing in Britain in the 1820s.
In particular, he said that the central part of one of Peel’s principles is that “The police are the public and the public are the police.”
That sentiment is as relevant today as it was almost two hundred years ago.
Police practices continue to place a high importance on community building and fostering strong relationships with a variety of crime prevention partnerships, such as with Realty Watch.
For more information about Realty Watch, please go to www.realtywatch.net
New partnership with the BC Crime Prevention Association!
This police breakfast also marked the creation of a new community policing partnership. Realty Watch partnered with the BC Crime Prevention Association to become part of their annual two-day crime prevention symposium.
For more information about the BCCPA, please visit www.bccpa.org