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Surrey Celebrates 25 Years of Block Watch!

October 17, 2011

Surrey – The City of Surrey and Surrey RCMP held community celebrations across the city on Saturday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Surrey Block Watch program.

“Block Watch is a very important community initiative that helps prevents crime, reduces isolation, and improves the relationship between the police and the community,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “The celebrations were an opportunity to say thank you to the thousands of people who volunteer their valuable time to help build safer neighbourhoods, and for others to learn more about the many crime prevention programs taking place in their community.”

Events were held at the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre in City Centre, Fleetwood Community Centre, Newton Cultural Centre, Clayton Hall in Cloverdale, and Semiahmoo Mall in South Surrey. Residents met with the Mayor and City Council, Surrey RCMP, Surrey Fire Service and representatives from Surrey Libraries. There was also an opportunity to learn about how to start a Block Watch program or get involved with other crime prevention programs.

“Through Surrey’s Crime Reduction Strategy, we are implementing various initiatives to increase community safety, improve public involvement in reducing crime, and enhance integration between the various groups engaged in crime reduction,” says Councillor Barinder Rasode, Chair of the City’s Public Safety Committee. “Block Watch is a proven program that generates real results in Surrey.”

“Block Watch members are taking a proactive approach to crime prevention and safety. The program also provides a social benefit because neighbours get to know one another and look out for each other,” says Colleen Staresina, one of the five Crime Prevention Coordinators with the Surrey RCMP. “The success of the program depends on the community and we want to thank all the volunteers for their time and commitment.”

To learn more about Surrey Block Watch, please visit: http://bc.rcmp.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=73&languageId=1&contentId=732

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584