HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER
West Kelowna Community Policing needs volunteers who are able to contribute a few hours each month to the program.
Live in the area
Be 19 years or older
Possess a valid BC driver's licence
Have no criminal record
Clear an RCMP Security Screening Check
Work well as part of a team
If you meet these requirements, please contact us at 250-707-8022 or email@example.com to obtain an application form.
You will then be contacted for an interview. If the interview is successful, you will be asked to fill out an RCMP Enhanced Security Screening application form.
An active community is an effective community. West Kelowna's men and women in uniform appreciate the support they receive from trained volunteers who are willing to donate their time to run programs and services that help make West Kelowna a safer, happier and healthier place to call home.
The West Kelowna Community Policing Society is a volunteer, community-based organization. The society's role is to work under the direction of the RCMP, ICBC, emergency services groups and enforcement agencies to operate a number of programs.
Accurate records assist RCMP in responding to family emergencies.
A child fingerprint and footprint program is offered free of charge through the West Kelowna Community Policing Office. Through the Child ID program children under the age of five can be foot printed; and children five and over can be fingerprinted.
Make a difference where it matters most – in the community!
The West Kelowna Community Policing Office is comprised of citizens who volunteer to be the extra 'eyes and ears' for the RCMP, ICBC, BC Emergency Services and District of West Kelowna Emergency Services. Some Citizen's Patrol volunteers are also members of the British Columbia Crime Prevention Association.
SENIOR CONTACT PROGRAM
Comfort comes from knowing loved ones are well cared for.
West Kelowna Community Policing volunteers can check in daily on seniors in their homes. The service is offered Monday through Friday.
To register for the program, please call or email us.
SPECIAL EVENTS CALL OUT TEAMS
Any coordinator or committee will tell you that effective crowd management is one of the keys to a successful event.
Many large scale events, including Westside Daze, Tim Horton's Camp Day and Wendy’s Dreamlift Day will use trained volunteers to help manage the flow of people and traffic. The District of West Kelowna has also called on these volunteers to help manage traffic at grand opening events such as the ribbon cuttings for the Kids Care Spray Park, the West Kelowna RCMP Detachment and the Westbank Museum.
Volunteers are trained in all aspects of crowd management and can assist organizers of flu clinics and sports tournaments. West Kelowna Community Policing members will also help RCMP and Emergency Services to manage traffic and crowds during major accidents, large structure fires and natural disasters such as forest fires.
West Kelowna's streets are not highways or freeways; and, the majority of local roads are designed for speeds of 50 km/h or less.
Sometimes drivers need a friendly reminder to slow down. The Speed Watch program is designed to do just that. A team comprised of two trained volunteers will choose a predetermined, safe location to set up a speed reader board for two hours. A speed reader board measures the rate of speed of an approaching vehicle and displays it back to the driver, encouraging the motorist to slow down. Volunteers will also log vehicle speeds and provide the information to RCMP and monthly to ICBC.
According to ICBC, more than 70 per cent of drivers traveling 10 km/h over the speed limit slow down when they see a speed reader board.
If Speed Watch finds a problem on a particular street, RCMP can follow up at the location and enforce traffic laws.
STOLEN AUTO RECOVERY
Locating a stolen vehicle can be a very rewarding moment.
Citizens Patrol volunteers have the capability to verify whether a vehicle is stolen by entering the licence plate number into an onboard computer or Palm Pilot.
Volunteers will also provide courtesy services including Parking Lot Audits. During these safety evaluations, volunteers will leave a friendly note on a vehicle, if they notice a sticker on a licence plate indicating that the insurance is about to expire.
Subpoenas are time sensitive court documents.
The RCMP and Crown counsel can use the support of West Kelowna Community Policing volunteers to assist with the processing of incoming and outgoing subpoenas on a bi-weekly basis. Volunteers can record and verify witness names and keep Crown counsel informed of Diary Dates, which provide prosecutors with the current status of all subpoenas.
Help shut out scams in West Kelowna.
Scams are designed to trick people out of money and or personal information, making it difficult for victims to reclaim what's been wrongfully taken. The Tipsters program was created to help keep the community informed of the latest scams in an effort to help in preventing residents and businesses from becoming victims in the first place.
Scams can be reported to West Kelowna Community Policing volunteers, who will in turn assist in passing on the information to the B.C. Securities Commission, the RCMP, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and any other organizations that may be of assistance.
For information about West Kelowna Community Policing programs and services, please contact the office at: