RCMP Volunteers

RCMP Volunteers work with the City of Vernon and North Okanagan Detachment of the RCMP under the direction and supervision of the Crime Prevention Coordinator and RCMP. The involvement of volunteers is a crucial way in which the RCMP engages the community to deliver a more effective policing service.
To become an RCMP Volunteer, applicants must:

  • be between the ages of 19 and 79 years of age
  • have no criminal record
  • pass a comprehensive security screening conducted by the RCMP
  • successfully complete the RCMP Volunteer Training Program
RCMP Volunteer Programs

The RCMP volunteer program provides a valuable service to our community. They observe, record and report suspicious activities to our police officers. To find out more about what we do or to volunteer, call 250.550.7847.

Citizens Patrol

For over 20 years our Citizens Patrol community based volunteer group has helped to minimize the amount of crime occurring throughout our city. Citizens Patrol volunteers are extra eyes and ears for the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP. The program provides a valuable service to our community. They observe, record and report suspicious activities to our police officers.

 

Speed Watch

The Speed Watch Program operates in support of ICBC and their Road Safety initiative. The program is directly coordinated by Vernon Protective Services – Community Safety Unit and is operated by RCMP Volunteers throughout the Vernon Detachment area.

The purpose of the program is to enhance the safety of our communities. This is done by increasing the level of awareness surrounding the issues of unsafe speed and dangerous driving and reducing the incidents of speeding by reflecting drivers speed and reinforcing the speed limit in that zone. Trained volunteers use digital speed reader boards and a radar unit and concentrate on areas where speeding is a major hazard. There will be occasions when our Speed Watch operatives work with the Vernon’s RCMP Municipal Traffic section. These two-strike operations may land you a ticket should you choose to ignore the Speed Watch operation.

Lock Out Autocrime

The Vernon RCMP Volunteers are responsible to carry out the RCMP/ICBC initiative Lock Out Auto Crime Program.

The RCMP Volunteers are out visibly checking vehicles in parking lots and completing a Crime Prevention Notice identifying key areas where drivers can improve the opportunity for a crime to take place.

This program is designed to raise awareness and reduce crime through education and the patrollers' presence in large parking areas throughout the City of Vernon.

Cell Watch

Cell Watch is an educational initiative aimed at reducing distracted driving incidents in communities throughout B.C. and it is conducted in partnership with police, RCMP volunteers and ICBC’s Road Safety Department. The program is designed to remind drivers that it is illegal and dangerous to use hand-held cell phones and other portable electronic devices (PEDs) when driving. Cell Watch road-side operations are conducted by RCMP Volunteers.

Are you interested in volunteering?

RCMP volunteers work with the City of Vernon and North Okanagan Detachment of the RCMP under the direction and supervision of the Vernon Crime Prevention Coordinator. The involvement of volunteers is a crucial way in which the RCMP engages the community to deliver a more effective policing service.

Volunteer today.

Commitment

​This position will require a commitment of six hours per month totalling 72 hours per year. RCMP volunteers are also required to attend four 2 hour training sessions (quarterly meetings) per year. Total commitment is 80 hours.

Training and Support
  • Training and support of Vernon RCMP Volunteer Program is provided by the Crime Prevention Coordinator with the assistance of the Captain, Co-Captain, COP Trainers and the RCMP.
  • The  initial  classroom training consists  of 15  hours  of  core  “Program  duties” instruction.
  • On-the-job  training  provided  under  the  mentor  system  with  an  experienced RCMP Volunteer occurs over the first 6 shifts worked.
  • Quarterly  Vernon  RCMP  Volunteer  training  may  also  be  provided  by  other agencies involved with our Program priorities.
Qualifications and Responsibilities

Program Volunteers represent the Vernon RCMP while on patrol therefore it is imperative that this position is fulfilled in a courteous and professional manner at all times.

RCMP Volunteers undertake to become proficient in observing and reporting suspected criminal activity to the police while on patrol. These Volunteers are responsible for adequately preparing for duty by undertaking pre-trip inspections of the vehicle and equipment and will familiarize themselves with relevant patrol requests and areas of concern prior to commencing patrol.

A RCMP Volunteer is also responsible for documenting and submitting all necessary Activity Reports and Incident Reports as required following their shift.

At no time, is a RCMP Volunteer expected to exit the Community Safety Unit Vehicle to directly intervene with suspected criminal activity.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Pass and hold RCMP Enhanced Reliability Status (security clearance).

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to maintain the security and confidentiality of any information you learn, through any manner as a RCMP volunteer.
  • Well organized with strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must wear and maintain the issued COP “kit” (jacket/shirt/ID Tag) while on duty.
  • High awareness of quality and professionalism in your work.
  • Knowledge and use of office equipment and computers.
  • Knowledge of RCMP policies and procedures related to all Citizen Patrol programs.
  • Ability to remain calm and pleasant with public and staff.
  • Maintain a positive attitude towards volunteer work.
  • Posses a valid BC Drivers License in good standing.
  • Be accountable for your actions.

Duties and Tasks:

  1. Arrive on shift at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time of shift.

  2. Sign out Community Safety Vehicle and complete Shift Reports.

  3. Read Pass On information regarding hot spots, stolen vehicle reports, and special patrol requests prior to commencing patrol.
  4. Conduct pre-trip vehicle and equipment inspection and ensure proper care of equipment, material and supplies while in your care.
  5. Maintain radio communication with Car One using standard 10 codes.
  6. Ensure detailed completion of RCMP Volunteer Patrol Activity Log.
  7. Maintain entries in a personal notebook so that it is up to date at all times: date, time, start of shift, vehicle number, patrol partner, weather conditions, time shift completed.
  8. As the driver, ensure the vehicle is being operated in accordance with the BC Motor Vehicles Act and the City of Vernon vehicle use policy.

  9. As an observer/passenger: record data and events as they unfold as well as receiving and recording data from Car One.

  10. Effectively communicate suspicious/criminal activity to the RCMP Watch Commander.

  1. Ensure the Safe Communities vehicle is left in a state of cleanliness at the conclusion of shift.
Benefits
 
  • Gain or expand your experience in the volunteer sector – improve job opportunities.
  • Access to advanced training and conferences.
  • Use your skills and abilities - explore your own strengths.
  • Develop and expand personal experience.
  • Increase your knowledge of the RCMP.
  • Personal satisfaction gained from providing service to your community.
  • Network with like-minded people while making an impact.