Here are some of the more frequently asked questions about Citizens Patrol Volunteer Programs: For any question not answered please give us a call at BCCPA.
Q. Do I need to be a resident to volunteer?
A. Typically, anyone who is a resident, business owner, employee or post-secondary student in the community may participate in the program.
Q. Do I need prior experience in law enforcement?
A. No prior experience is required.
Q. What would a typical schedule be for a Citizens Patrol Volunteer?
A. A routine schedule for volunteers would be a 4-6 hour shift at least once per calendar month.
Q. Do I have to work holidays?
A. Typically, working holidays is not a requirement for volunteers.
Q. What if I am injured while working as a volunteer?
A. All volunteers are covered (Contact regional coordinator for more information).
Q. Will I be responsible for purchasing my uniform?
A. Volunteers don’t wear uniforms. When required, you will be provided with clothing items which identifies your position as a Citizens Patrol Volunteer: Jacket, vest, shirt, ball cap, etc.
Q. Will I carry or be issued a firearm?
A. As a volunteer you will not be authorized to carry any firearm while on duty. You will be issued all necessary equipment to complete your volunteer duties.
Q. Will I assist in arrests?
A. No, citizen volunteers will not be placed in harm’s way.
Q. Will I have to testify in court?
A. Volunteers may be called upon to testify in court.
Q. Will my service have a positive impact on the community?
A. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to give back to the community through the hours you volunteer. As an involved member of your program you will gain valuable insight into the workings of your police department and assist by improving the quality of the relationship they have with the community.