Community policing volunteers help with a distracted driving education campaign. (Black Press file photo)

Community policing volunteers help with a distracted driving education campaign. (Black Press file photo)

Community policing volunteers help with public safety programs in Nanaimo

Volunteers assist with Speed Watch, Crime Watch, 529 Garage and other initiatives

CLARIFICATION: Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing says volunteer intakes happen twice a year because of the amount of training involved.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Nanaimo can be a safer place with more community policing volunteers to help with a number of initiatives.

Nanaimo RCMP’s community policing program is in need of volunteers, according to a press release from Volunteer Nanaimo.

Community policing volunteers are needed for Speed Watch and Crime Watch programs and to help with 529 Garage bike theft prevention and other campaigns and initiatives.

Crime Watch volunteers patrol designated hot spots and report suspicious, criminal and nuisance behaviour. Speed Watch is an ICBC-sponsored educational program, in which volunteers will be trained to use radar and electronic speed boards for data collection. Community policing volunteers may also be asked to help engage with the public about distracted driving, impaired driving, seat belts and pedestrian and cyclist safety. 529 Garage prevents bicycle theft by registering bikes in a database to help with identification of stolen bikes. Other initiatives that community policing volunteers might help with include youth engagement around safety, mental health and substance use messages.

Community policing volunteers will have to undergo an RCMP security check, paid for by the agency, and must have a clean driving record. They also need to be able to learn and adhere to strict safety standards and commit to one or two four-hour shifts per month.

“The ability to maintain ethical and professional conduct is required,” the release notes.

For more information, contact Christy Wood, community policing coordinator, at 250-755-3163 or

For information about other volunteer opportunities in Nanaimo, contact Volunteer Nanaimo at 250-758-7121 or

READ ALSO: Nanaimo RCMP detachment discontinues auxiliary constable program

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