Call goes out for a few good men, women to join auxiliary program

The Kelowna RCMP are looking for Okanagan citizens to be the ultimate volunteer and join the Auxiliary Constable Program.

The Kelowna RCMP are looking for Okanagan citizens of good character to become the Ultimate Volunteer and join the Auxiliary Constable Program.

“Our purpose at the Kelowna Detachment is to strengthen community and police partnerships by providing volunteers with the opportunity to perform authorized activities in support of strategies to address the cause of, or reduce the fear of, crime and disorder,” said Const. Kris Clark.

“Our mandate, as volunteers, under the command of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, is to participate in community policing service activities relating to public safety and crime prevention, on an unarmed basis, as authorized by the Commanding Officer of ‘E’ Division.”

Auxiliary constables must contribute 160 hours of volunteer time per year.

Auxiliary constables participate in community policing programs and ride on patrol with police officers in a support role.

Auxiliary constables gain valuable knowledge and expertise in order to deliver crime prevention and community policing programs to the public.

Auxiliary constables provide a local perspective to policing in the community they serve.

Training for Auxiliary constables consists of approximately 150 hours of classroom, practical and police defensive techniques.

The training course is run over a five month period and is held on consecutive Saturdays, however may include other periods throughout the week.

The commitment to this training course is significant and attendance at all classes is mandatory.

The applicant requirements are:

• Be over the age of 19

• Be a Canadian citizen

• Minimum education of a high school diploma or equivalent

• Valid Class 5 British Columbia drivers licence or higher

• Certificate of medical suitability

• Pass a suitability interview

• Attain RCMP security clearance

• Reside in the Central Okanagan.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 21.

For further information, contact Bill Finney, Kelowna RCMP auxiliary policing coordinator, at 250-470-6343 or pick up an application form at the Kelowna RCMP detachment on Doyle Avenue in Kelowna.