REALTORS® empowered to assist police |

(L-R) Scott Olson, president, Fraser Valley Real
Estate Board; Assistant Commissioner 
Armstrong, RCMP; and Sandra Wyant, 
elect, REBGV

The strength of the partnership between REALTOR S® and the police was on display at the 13th Annual Realty Watch Police Breakfast, held in November 2012 in Burnaby.

One of the country’s top police officers was on hand to highlight the effectiveness of the Realty Watch program.

“Realty Watch is a prime example of how the public can be empowered to help police, and in doing so, make a real contribution to our society,” said Assistant Commissioner Janice Armstrong, RCMP.

Armstrong was the keynote speaker at the breakfast, which drew more than 200 senior police officers and crime prevention
representatives from across the province.

A vital part of the Realty Watch program is the police requested fan-out.

“Realty Watch has connected REALTORS® with police such that police can ask them to keep a lookout for missing children and vulnerable adults instantly and simultaneously. If a REALTOR® sees the individual, they know how to respond,” Armstrong continued.

During 2012, police from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) area had requested 19 fan-outs for members to look for five children and teens, six vulnerable adults and eight seniors. In addition, as a partner of the Amber Alert program, Realty Watch was asked to issue two alerts this year.

“When vulnerable adults wander away, when children or teenagers go missing, REALTORS® have the tools through Realty Watch and the fan-out system to keep a look out for and possibly find these individuals,” said Sandra Wyant, 2012 president-elect, REBGV.

Hosted by the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley real estate boards, the Realty Watch Police Breakfast provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the program within the policing and crime prevention communities.

Sandra Wyant, president-elect, REBGV and Scott Olson, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board president, led the event.

The breakfast was held in conjunction with the BC Crime Prevention Association’s annual symposium.

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