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Neighborhood Peace and Safety
Good Neighbor Handbook - Neighborhood Peace & Safety
We can all do our part to keep the neighborhood safe and there are positive actions we can take to prevent becoming the victim of a crime. For the latest information and safety tips visit www.cityofvancouver.us/CrimePrevention.
In Vancouver, 9-1-1 is the number to call anytime you need to report a fire, medical or police emergency. Vancouver Police urges citizens to report all crimes in progress to 9-1-1.
For non-emergency law enforcement issues, please call 3-1-1, or 360-693-3111.
We all enjoy a peaceful neighborhood. Here are some of the things that are considered public disturbances in Vancouver:
- Continuous or repetitive honking car horns or revving of engines;
- Yelling or shouting outside, particularly between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.;
- Amplified music, or loud parties;
- Continuous or repetitive barking or howling of pets;
- Construction noise between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.
For more detailed information on public disturbances see VMC 7.05.010. Public disturbances are handled through the Vancouver Police Department. To report a public disturbance, please call 3-1-1. Tell the operator that it is not an emergency. Officers respond based on priority of calls.
Neighborhood Police Officers
In Vancouver, we are fortunate to have Neighborhood Police Officers (NPOs). The NPOs are the liaisons to the citizens within their district and are available to attend neighborhood meetings, or meet with neighbors to discuss crime issues, livability issues, attend community meetings and to answer questions about crime trends and prevention.
These officers are the main contact person for a citizen to go to report ongoing crime issues or other concerns within their neighborhood. These officers work cross departmentally to assist citizens with problem solving strategies as well.
Neighbors on Watch (NOW)
Citizens in the City of Vancouver who are interested in making their neighborhoods safer are encouraged to apply for the Vancouver Police Department's volunteer program called Neighbors On Watch (NOW).
NOW accepts applications year-round and holds training academies several times per year. All volunteer applicants must successfully pass a screening process which includes: criminal background investigation, fingerprints, interviews and reference check. Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/NOW to learn more.
Safe Exchange Zones
Are you interested in buying or selling property online? The Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office offer their precinct parking lots as “Safe Exchange Zones” where individuals conducting legal online sales transactions can meet to complete the transaction. Find out more at Find out more at www.cityofvancouver.us/SafeExchangeZones
What if Vancouver was hit by a wind storm, ice storm or earthquake? Who will be there to help you and your family in a disaster? In a disaster, traditional 9-1-1 and First Responder capabilities such as fire, police, medics, and utility personnel will be overwhelmed and unable to immediately assist individuals. Preparing your family and your neighborhood is vital.
Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/EmergencyPrep for information about how to build a personal disaster kit and/or use the Map Your Neighborhood tool. You may also contact the Office of Neighborhoods at firstname.lastname@example.org to get instructions on how to use the Map Your Neighborhood tool.
Don’t wait until the disaster strikes. Take action today to be prepared – you will be glad you did!
Severe Weather Response
During severe weather, such as snow or ice storms, the Vancouver Public Works Department focuses first on treating core arterial streets that connect police, fire and emergency medical services.
Next in priority are snow bus routes, key streets around schools and hills, and remaining major streets. Residential streets in Vancouver do not get plowed or deiced due to these ongoing needs, limited resources and the difficulties presented by numerous driveways and cars along residential curbs.
Vancouver residents are encouraged to be prepared in advance with traction devices, snow shovels and other severe winter weather necessities. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/severeweather.
Inside the city limits, personal fireworks are allowed on July 4 only, between the hours of 9 a.m. to midnight. It is illegal to use fireworks on any other day of the year, including New Years Eve. It is also illegal to use fireworks in a public park without a permit. Those buying fireworks must be at least 16 years of age.
Beginning in July 2017, the use of all personal fireworks within the city limits will be banned. Visit: www.cityofvancouver.us/fireworks for more information.
The Vancouver community comes together to celebrate July 4 in a BIG way at the Independence Day celebration at Fort Vancouver. For more info visit: http://4th.fortvan.org/.
Possession of marijuana for recreational use is legal in Vancouver for those who are 21 years of age or older. There are limitations to where it may be consumed and how much you can have in your possession.
Driving under the influence of marijuana, or under the combined influence of marijuana and anything else, is illegal and law enforcement agencies continue to strictly enforce DUI laws. For more information visit: www.cityofvancouver.us/marijuana.