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Recruiting begins for RCMP volunteer candidates for September intake

August 09, 2015 - 12:00 PM

VERNON - The RCMP volunteer program is now recruiting new candidates for classroom training that will take place in Vernon September 21 - 25, 2015. This is a volunteer position working with the City of Vernon and North Okanagan Detachment of the RCMP under the direction and supervision of the Crime Prevention Coordinator, Regan Borisenko, and RCMP.

In preparation for training, volunteers undergo interviews covering security and program interests. Training involves developing patrol skills, note-taking, court processes, observations 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:
·         Volunteered over 5,069 hours patrolling, training, and special events;
·         Worked 298 patrol shifts, 48 speed-watch operations, eight Lock Out Auto Crime operations and 10 cell-watch operations;
·         Issued 182 Crime Prevention Notices, and had the RCMP issue more than 70 warnings for using an electronic device from the Cell Watch Program.
·         Slowed down over 30,000 vehicles with the Speed Watch Program.
·         Patrolled over 31,000 kilometers in Vernon;
·         Checked 20,000 license plates to determine if they were stolen; and
·         Were responsible for eight arrests as well as the recovery of vehicles and stolen plates.

Interested parties can contact Borisenko by calling 250-550-7847 or emailing

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