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Volunteer Programs

VOLUNTEERING!

The Community Policing Office relies on volunteers to successfully implement our programs– programs that would not be possible without community participation. For as little as one hour a week, you could impact the community's well-being and make Merritt a better place to live. If you are interested in volunteering at the Community Policing Office and would like to connect and give back to the community, please drop by and pick up an application. (All volunteers must also consent to a basic criminal record check.)

The Community Policing Office is currently looking for volunteers for the following programs:

Office Volunteers:

The role of the Office Volunteer is to support the Community Policing Coordinator in the office on a casual basis. Volunteering in the Community Policing Office is flexible and can work with your schedule. Some of the duties of the Office Volunteer include: answering the phone and providing service at the front counter, supplying application forms for various programs, providing educational materials and resources to the public and creating awareness about crime prevention. If you have administrative experience, like working with the public and a passion for crime prevention, the Community Policing Office wants you!

Foot Patrols:

A Foot Patrol is a trained group of volunteers organized to increase the safety and livability of the neighborhood.  They walk their neighborhood streets, parks, or schools to deter crime and report incidents and problems. Foot Patrol members are actively and directly involved in solving problems in a community-based, non-confrontational manner.  The Foot Patrol program is a function of the Community Policing Office and the R.C.M.P. and they adhere to the same policies as the Citizens on Patrol program. Foot Patrolling is flexible and requires a minimal commitment. If you are looking to volunteer, but have little time to give, then Foot Patrolling is for you!

Speed Watch:

Speed Watch is an educational program aimed at reducing incidents of speeding. It is designed to raise public awareness of the actual speeds drivers are traveling. The Speed Watch program is conducted in partnership with the police, citizen volunteers and ICBC.

Speed Watch checks are conducted by volunteers trained by police or qualified operators. Using portable radar equipment and an electronic digital board, volunteers monitor speeds in neighbourhoods, school and playground zones, particularly near identified high risk or crash locations. Drivers get an instant readout of their vehicle travel speed, displayed on a readerboard as they pass by. Volunteers record the speed of every vehicle and forward these reports to the police. Speed Watch Activity reports are provided monthly to ICBC where a province-wide database is maintained.

Volunteers will record speed and other infractions on an Operations Report form, for the collection and tracking of statistics in the areas monitored. Groups, such as police agencies, municipalities, school districts, ICBC and the local media use the information from this form.

Speed Watch helps address traffic and speeding problems through:

  • Public and community awareness
  • Neighbourhood action by gathering speed-related date and creating police awareness.

Other Programs We Can Refer You To:

  • Bright Red Bookshelf
  • One-to-One Reading  Program
  • Nicola Valley Shelter & Support Society
  • Nicola Valley Search & Rescue
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  • Kidz Tri It Triathlon
  • Smart Step Youth Association

Block Watch Program:

Block Watch is a free, community-based crime prevention program where neighbourhoods partner and are encouraged to take a proactive approach to crime prevention to reduce residential crime and promote neighbourhood safety. Block Watch strengthens neighbourhoods by forming a communication chain between residents who want to make their street safer by reducing opportunities for crime.