Auxiliary Constable Program
The RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program strengthens community and police partnerships by providing trained volunteers with the opportunity to perform a variety of authorized activities that enhance community policing and crime prevention initiatives.
In BC, the Auxiliary Constable Program operates under the leadership of the RCMP Commanding Officer in partnership with the provincial Ministry of Justice.
Auxiliary Constables are trained and authorized to perform non-enforcement community policing and crime prevention activities such as:
- community/special events
- home and business safety checks, safety talks and activities
- traffic and crowd control,
- disaster planning and emergency preparedness assistance
- searches for lost persons
Volunteers with peace officer status
RCMP Auxiliary Constables are volunteers who receive a BC Police Act Appointment as a sworn peace officer after completing the approved RCMP and Provincial Ministry of Justice training.
They are required to:
- maintain RCMP security clearance standards, and
- must complete a minimum of 160 hours annually.
- are not employees
- are covered by WorkSafe BC and insurance provided by the Province of British Columbia against accidental death and dismemberment, and civil liability.
The RCMP provides an Auxiliary Constable with a uniform. The most identifiable markings are
- the shoulder flashes and patches which state the words
- the forge cap band is blue in color.
Auxiliary Constable Recruits must complete the Ministry of Justice Auxiliary/Reserve Constable Training Curriculum that includes physical, theory-based and practical training. There are also a number of RCMP training courses that must be completed.
Their training includes subjects such as:
- law and police procedures, e.g. Criminal Code of Canada, Provincial Statutes, court room procedures
- effective communications and presentation skills
- officer safety training
- police techniques, e.g. evidence protection, hand cuffing, arrest, etc.
- community policing and crime prevention activities
Continuous learning opportunities are provided to Auxiliary Constables, ensuring their skills and knowledge are kept current during their Appointment in the program.
Interested in becoming an Auxiliary Constable?
- The basic requirements are listed on the national RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program page.
- Your local detachment may have additional requirements, contact the detachment for details on how to apply.
Auxiliary Constable Program
In British Columbia, Auxiliary Constables are trained citizen volunteers who serve their communities as uniformed Provincial Peace Officers. They perform authorized activities in support of community policing initiatives, such as community events and crime prevention, and general duty ride-alongs.
MANDATE & PURPOSE
Operating under the authority of the Police Services Division of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, the program’s mandate is to strengthen partnerships between the community and police by providing citizen volunteers an opportunity to perform authorized activities in support of strategies to address the causes of, or reduce the fear of, crime and disorder.
Auxiliary Constables, through their association with the police, recognizable uniform, and specialized training achieve a level of credibility with the public that provides an opportunity to coordinate, facilitate, and implement community policing and crime prevention programs in environments not suitable for other volunteers.
WHO WE ARE
Participants in the program have come from diverse backgrounds, including:
- small business owners
- office workers
- airline pilots
- public transit drivers
- members of the film industry
Their ages have ranged from 21 to 60. Some may intend on pursuing future careers in public safety, others wish to develop themselves as
professional volunteers in addition to their regular employment, and even some serve to stay mentally and physically active during retirement.
Despite the diversity, commonalities include their strong desire to serve our community and to make a difference.
WHAT WE DO
Auxiliary Constables perform a wide range of activities, including:
- assisting with community events such as parade traffic control and community policing presence at public events.
- crime prevention programs such as Block Watch, Lock Out Auto Crime, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
- safety programs through schools and in the community.
- youth and senior initiatives.
- foot, bicycle, and marine patrols.
- ceremonial duties.
- operational ride-alongs with regular RCMP members.
Initial Training in …
- Basic Criminal and Civil Law
- Community Policing Strategies
- Powers of Arrest, Search and Seizure
- Provincial Statutes
- Self Defence
- Tactical First Aid
- Drill and Deportment
- Physical Fitness
- and much more!
Ongoing Training in …
- Anti-gang strategies
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
- Crisis intervention and de-escalation
- Interest-based negotiation
WANT TO APPLY?
If you are civic minded, interested in volunteering in your community and committed to assisting the RCMP with crime reduction in North Vancouver, this program may be for you. Basic requirements are:
- Canadian citizenship
- At least 19 years of age
- North Shore resident
- High school diploma
- Class 5 BC driver's license
- Be physically fit
- Be of good character and have a mature and responsible attitude
- Able to pass background security checks
- 160 hours service per year, with a two year commitment
For more information and to apply, contact:
RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program
North Vancouver Detachment
147 East 14th Street
North Vancouver, BC
Canada V7L 2N4
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