PRINCE GEORGE, BC: During National Volunteer week, April 7th to 13th, the Prince George Detachment would like to thank and acknowledge their many dedicated volunteers.
The Prince George RCMP works with several groups of volunteers who are committed to facilitating a safer, more sustainable community through effective programs and services.
“We have about a hundred volunteers at the Prince George Detachment” says Supt. Warren Brown, the officer in charge of the Prince George RCMP. “Each one of them provides a great service, not only to this Detachment, but to the community; and they do so without any expectation of compensation. I want to thank each one of them for choosing to spend some of their valuable time helping us.”
There are six distinct groups of RCMP volunteers offering valuable services to the community:
1. Citizens on Patrol – These enthusiastic volunteers patrol the city reporting suspicious activity to on-duty frontline officers. Their efforts often result in arrests and charges of persons that may have otherwise gone undetected by police. They also assist frontline officers with Speed Watch & distracted driver campaigns, conduct foot patrols, and assist at city-wide special events;
2. Community Policing front desk volunteers – These are the front line workers serving witness subpoenas, fielding inquiries and providing customer assistance to persons at the Community Policing and Victim Services counter at the Detachment;
3. RCMP Auxiliary members – assist with crime prevention programs and services including special events; provide home security assessments and assist the public with bike registrations to the 529 Garage APP.
4. Restorative Justice Program – work with youth and adult offenders, providing an effective alternative to the criminal justice system with a focus on accountability, problem solving and community healing;
5. Safety Bear – the goodwill ambassador and mascot of the Prince George RCMP, Safety Bear attends special events and city-wide functions with a whimsical approach;
6. Victim Services – provide emotional support for victims of crime or trauma; liaise between the victim, Court system, law enforcement and community agencies.
For information on volunteer programs and services, contact the Prince George RCMP Community Policing Section at (250) 561-3366 or drop by the office located at 455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC.
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