The Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP detachment is looking for community members willing to become auxiliary officers.

The Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP detachment is looking for community members willing to become auxiliary officers.

Auxiliary recruits sought

RCMP officers want to bolster their ranks in the North Okanagan

RCMP officers want to bolster their ranks in the North Okanagan.

Recruits are currently being sought for the auxiliary police program in Vernon as well as throughout the entire region.

“We would like a couple in Armstrong, Enderby and Lumby,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

“We haven’t had a training program for a number of years and we have 12 active members now. Wed like to beef up our numbers because there have been a number of requests for auxiliary members in our community.”

Both men and women can become auxiliary officers and they are asked to commit to 160 hours a year as volunteers.

To become an auxiliary officer, a candidate must successfully complete 150 hours of physical and theory-based training, including the law, powers of arrest, the Criminal Code, provincial statutes, courtroom procedures, traffic control, evidence protection, domestic disturbances, arrest techniques, self-defense and baton and pepper spray training.

There are two exams and the final test requires a minimum score of 70 per cent.

For more information or for an application form, contact your local North Okanagan RCMP detachment.