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

For more information check out the RCMP Volunteer brochure.

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.

RCMP Volunteer Program

For over 25 years our RCMP Volunteer Program has helped to minimize the amount of crime occurring throughout our city. RCMP volunteers are extra eyes and ears for the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP. The program provides a valuable service to our community. 

Speed Watch

The Speed Watch Program operates in support of ICBC and their Road Safety initiative. The program is directly coordinated by the 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 Auto Crime

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.

Marine Vessel Safety / Invasive Mussel Check

The RCMP Marine Unit will conduct voluntary vessel safety PRE-CHECK using RCMP volunteers at Paddlewheel Park boat launch.

RCMP Volunteers will assist the Marine Unit in allowing boaters to complete a Pre-Launch inspection of all the items required under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 along with its regulations governing pleasure craft.

This is strictly a voluntary check which will result in a document handed to the operator who will be able to produce this when stopped by the RCMP on the water. This is a preventative measure that not only assists the RCMP but gives the vessel operator the opportunity to correct any deficiencies prior to getting on the water.

RCMP Volunteers conducting Vessel Safety checks will also be checking vessels for Guagga and Zebra invasive mussels. Vernon RCMP Volunteers will work in conjunction with OASISS, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to working collaboratively to prevent, monitor and control the spread of invasive species in the Okanagan-Similkameen region. We will be using a questionnaire that follows Ministry of Environment protocols. If a boat is determined to be high risk for invasive mussels (based on the answers to those questions) or if the RCMP Volunteers were to observe anything suspect, they will call the toll free reporting line (1-877-952-7277) or have the boaters call, ideally in their presence.

This is strictly a voluntary check which will help us be proactive in keeping our lakes and waterways protected.

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, RCMP Volunteer Trainers and the RCMP.
  • The  initial  classroom training consists  of 15  hours  of  core  training instruction.
  • Following the classroom training, 15 hours of practical training is provided  by an RCMP Volunteer Trainer.
  • 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.

 

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 RCMP Volunteer “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 RCMP Volunteer 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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need to be a resident to volunteer?
A. Typically, anyone who is a resident, business owner, employee or post-secondary student in the community may participate in the program.

Q. Do I need prior experience in law enforcement?
A. No prior experience is required.

Q. What would a typical schedule be for a RCMP Volunteer?
A. A routine schedule for Volunteers would be a 6 hour shift at least once per calendar month.

Q. Do I have to work holidays?
A. Typically, working holidays is not a requirement for Volunteers.

Q. Will I be responsible for purchasing my uniform?
A. RCMP Volunteers uniforms will be provided. You will be provided with clothing items which identifies your position as an RCMP Volunteer: Jacket, vest, shirt, ball cap, etc.

Q. Will I carry or be issued a firearm?
A. As a Volunteer you will not be authorized to carry any firearm while on duty. You will be issued all necessary equipment to complete your Volunteer duties.

Q. Will I assist in arrests?
A. No, RCMP Volunteers are eyes and ears only for the Police.

Q. Will I have to testify in court?
A. Volunteers may be called upon to testify in court.

Q. Will my service have a positive impact on the community?
A. As a Volunteer you will have the opportunity to give back to the community through the hours you volunteer. As an involved member of your program you will gain valuable insight into the workings of your police department and assist by improving the quality of the relationship they have with the community.