City of Vernon

Community Policing Office

Community Policing Office Vernon BC
   
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The Vernon Community Policing Office (CPO) is the flagship operation of the Safe Communities Unit.  Opening its doors in November 1999 the volunteer staffed storefront houses information on  over 50 crime reduction/prevention programs and initiatives and also offers a broad spectrum of information around community based programs, projects and initiatives.  The CPO further houses the Restorative Justice Society - North Okanagan and the majority of the Safe Communities Unit Staff:

  • Rachael Zubick, Coordinator Vernon Community Policing Office
  • Ed Howard, Business/Seniors Programs Coordinator
  • Regan Borisenko, Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Warren Smith, Rural Program Coordinator
  • Roy Morgan, Regional Program Coordinator
  • Margaret Clark, Executive Director Restorative Justice Society – North Okanagan
  • Gord Molendyk, RCMP media Liaison, CrimeStoppers & CEPTED Coordinator
Community Policing

Staffed by volunteers, under the direction of the Community Policing Office Coordinator, the CPO allows for community members to initiate non or low priority reports to the RCMP, refers clients to available resources, services and programs within the community, provides information regarding current crime reduction/prevention programs and initiatives which empower individuals and neighbourhoods to feel and be safe. 

 

Community Policing Office
Through the CPO, community members are able to access core Safe Communities Unit programs/Information such as: 
    
Volunteers also participate in community/school based bike rodeos, Unit workshops and a wide variety of Community events such as:

Ski Watch                                        
Scooter Safety Workshop
Operation ID                                              
Sunshine Festival  
Frauds Cons & Scams workshops         
Wendy’s Dream Lift         
Halloween at the Village Green            
Winter Carnival Parade
Wings & Wheels                                        
YAA Fest
IPE                                                                                                  
Fall Ball                                                           
Pedestrian Safety                                 
International Car Free Day
FASD Day                                                              
Bike To Work Week

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Arrangements for residential or business security audits using the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), workshops on personal, home, vehicle and community safety, internet safety, crystal meth awareness and a broad range of age and developmentally appropriate workshops can be made through the CPO.   Information on bullying, drug awareness, cyber bullying, bike safety and much more is also available through the Community Policing Office.

Working Together

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Community Policing

The Community Policing Office Coordinator is responsible for the day to day operations and staffing of the CPO as well as program development and implementation to address current crime trends and community needs.  The Coordinator provides community outreach in the form of a wide variety of community relevant workshops centered on providing the tools to feel and be safe.  Such workshops include (but are not limited to): 

  • Dealing with Hostile Clients/Persons
  • Hug a Tree and Survive
  • Workplace Safety
  • Stay Alert Stay Safe - Child Safety
  • Personal Safety (all ages)
  • Residential/Business Security Audits
  • Keeping our Children Safe  - Toddler Safety
  • Crystal Meth Awareness
  • Safe Disposal of Needles
  • Bullying
  • Adult / Youth Internet Safety 
  • Home/Office Security
  • Tagging & Unwanted Graffiti
  • Bike Safety

 

All workshops are designed to address the unique needs, development and age of the audience.

 During the summer, the Coordinator is responsible for hiring, training and supervision of the Vernon Safety Ambassadors. The Safety Ambassadors are actively engaged as eyes and ears for the RCMP, ambassadors for the City of Vernon, provide community outreach programs, liaise with the disenfranchised of the community as well as provide a uniformed presence in the Greater Vernon area at a time when the population and tourism increases significantly.

The Coordinator is actively involved in a variety of community initiatives most aimed at manageable solutions to the root causes of crime under the umbrella of
Crime Prevention Through Social Development, such as:

  • Partners in Action.
  • The  Centreville Neighbourhood Council
  • Harm Reduction Strategy Evaluation Team
  • Homelessness Strategy Evaluation Team
  • Camp Okanagan Outreach Liaison Team (COOL Team)
  • Restorative Justice Advisory Council
  • North Okanagan Poverty Outreach Team (NOPOT)
  • Supporting Sex Workers Action Team
  • Children in Care Committee
  • Community Volunteer Coordinators Network
  • Vernon Emergency Operation Centre
  • The Municipal School Transportation Plan (MSTP)
Phone # 250-550-7840
Fax: 250-260-5866
2900 32 Ave.
Vernon B.C.
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