Virtual Surrey RCMP Speaker Series back for 2022

THE Surrey RCMP Speakers Series is back and will be offering monthly virtual presentations throughout 2022. The Speaker Series was initially developed for Block Watch participants as part of the ongoing training and education efforts in response to neighbourhood issues.

Block Watch volunteers are neighbours that look out for neighbours by identifying suspicious activity and reporting to police. The program aims to get citizens involved in discouraging and preventing crime at the local level. Learn more about how to get involved with the Block Watch Program.

Due to the pandemic and the shift to virtual presentations, the program was able to expand to a larger audience and offer a larger scope of topics. In 2021, Surrey RCMP offered 14 speaker series presentations to 619 attendees.

“The virtual sessions give the public an opportunity to learn from subject matter experts in law enforcement and also our partners that we work with in the community,” says Inspector Harm Dosange, Community Support and Safety Officer for the Surrey RCMP. “The webinars offer a good way for residents to get involved in creating safer neighbourhoods from the comfort of their homes, to learn and to discuss a wide range of issues that can affect community safety.”

Registration is now open for three webinars, with the first taking place on Thursday, January 27. More sessions will be added to the Surrey RCMP Events page over the year.

Landlord, Tenant Rights
January 27, 6 p.m.
Zoom – Register here (pre-registration required by January 25, you will receive a confirmation e-mail)

Join a representative from the Residential Tenancy Branch to learn more about landlord and tenant rights and regulations. A Surrey RCMP officer from the Community Response Unit will also join to discuss policing-related issues and answer questions from the community.

Personal Safety Tips
February 24, 6 p.m.
Zoom – Register here (pre-registration required by February 22, you will receive a confirmation e-mail)

Hear from a member of the Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit on what their team does as well as personal safety tips. Transit Police will also join the discussion to offer tips on personal safety on transit systems.

National Security Awareness
March 10, 6 p.m.
Zoom – Register here (pre-registration required by March 8, you will receive a confirmation e-mail)

This presentation from the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) will familiarize you with the terms and issues around national security, how it is different from other forms of crime, how to recognize what may be indicators of connections to terrorist activity and how to report.