RCMP volunteers sought

The RCMP volunteer program is now recruiting new candidates for classroom training

The RCMP volunteer program is now recruiting new candidates for classroom training that will take place in Vernon Sept. 21 to 25.

This is a volunteer position working with the City of Vernon and the RCMP under the direction and supervision of the crime prevention co-ordinator Regan Borisenko, and the RCMP.

In preparation for training, volunteers undergo interviews covering security and program interests.

Training involves developing patrol skills, note-taking, court processes, observation skills and incident report writing as well as working with partner agencies such as the RCMP, City of Vernon bylaw compliance officers and ICBC. After the 15-hour classroom training, the new volunteers complete six patrols with RCMP training volunteers who will instruct them on the practical aspects of the program.

“For more than 25 years, this community-based volunteer group has helped to minimize the amount of crime occurring throughout Vernon,” said Borisenko.

“RCMP volunteers are extra eyes and ears for the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP. The program provides a valuable crime prevention service to our community.”

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

In 2014, with a membership of 60, the Vernon and North Okanagan RCMP volunteer group worked 298 patrol shifts, 48 speed watch operations, eight Lock Out Auto Crime operations and 10 cell watch operations;

They issued 182 crime prevention notices, and had the RCMP issue more than 70 warnings for using an electronic device from the Cell Watch Program.

Interested parties can contact Borisenko at 250-550-7847 or rborisenko@vernon.ca.