Auxiliary Constables Program
The purpose of the Auxiliary Constable program is to strengthen community and police partnerships by providing citizen volunteers with the opportunity to perform authorized activities in support of strategies to address the causes of, or reduce the fear of, crime and disorder.
The mandate of Richmond's Auxiliary Constables is to support community police activities relating to public safety and crime prevention within the City of Richmond.
Richmond's RCMP Auxiliary Constables are uniformed volunteers under the command of the Richmond RCMP Detachment's Officer-In-Charge, Supt. Rendall Nesset. Auxiliary Constables have peace office status when on duty and under the supervision of a regular member of the RCMP. They are authorized to operate police vehicles in a non-operational role, and do not carry firearms.
The primary focus of Richmond's Auxiliary Constables is to work at community and special events, provide traffic control, and participate in crime prevention programs.
Additionally, Auxiliary Constables are authorized to accompany Regular Members on patrol and can perform other police functions under both general and direct supervision; such as office duties, special events, property checks, traffic and crowd control, gathering information and assisting with minor reports, and assisting Regular Members at emergency call-out and disaster response situations.
Community Policing Activities
Some of the ongoing community policing programs and activities supported by Auxiliary Constables in Richmond include:
- Block Watch
- Business Watch
- Coastal Watch
- Home and Business Security Checks
- Pedestrian Safety Campaigns
- Public Safety Talks
- Youth Academy
- Foot & Bike Patrols
Richmond's Auxiliary Constables also participate in several annual events including:
- Community Centre Festivals
- Richmond WinterFest
- Steveston Salmon Festival / Canada Day
- Kids Safe Day
- Dolphin Classic Basketball Tournament
- Jimmy Ng Road Hockey Tournament
- Steveston Sockeye Spin Bicycle Race
- Heart & Stroke Big Bike Ride
- Santa Claus Arrival & Steveston Parade
- Remembrance Day Parade
- New Years Eve
The Auxiliary Constables wear the uniform of the RCMP; with differences that clearly identify Auxiliary Constables from Regular Members of the RCMP. The Auxiliary Constable uniform does not have a yellow stripe on either the trousers or the hat, and the RCMP shoulder flashes have the wording "Auxiliary/Auxiliaire" on the bottom. All outer gear, including vest and jacket, also has "Auxiliary/Auxiliaire" displayed on both the front and back.
Auxiliary Constables are trained to assist regular RCMP Members, follow their lead and direction, and will assist in any situation.
Auxiliary Constables must complete a basic training program that consists of approximately 200 hours of physical and theory-based training, covering many subjects, such as: Law, Criminal Justice System, Federal and Provincial Offences, Powers of Arrest, Professionalism & Ethics, Tactical Communications, Police Procedures, Community Policing Programs, Community Presentation, Traffic, Evidence Protection, Domestic Disturbances, Hand Cuffing and Arrest Techniques, Self-Defence, Officer Safety Training and Drill & Deportment.
As well, ongoing training is provided to all Auxiliary Constables to ensure their skills and knowledge are kept current.
For more information on the Auxiliary Constable Program in Richmond, please contact the Program Coordinator:
RCMP Auxiliary Constable Coordinator
What is Block Watch?
Block Watch is a free, community-based, crime prevention program helping residents organize their neighbourhoods to help prevent crime in the community. Block Watch is a great way to get to know your neighbours and is a cornerstone to a safe and vibrant community.
For more information, please call 604-207-4790.
Block Watch Captain / Co Captain - Volunteer Opportunities
Do you want to create a safer community in your neighbourhood? The Richmond RCMP Block Watch program is looking for enthusiastic, reliable people to help organize their neighbourhoods to help prevent crime in the community. Applicants must be able to pass and maintain an RCMP security clearance. Block Watch is a great way to get to know your neighbours while working together to prevent crime.
Who Can Join?
To form a Block Watch, someone must volunteer to become the Block Captain. All Captains (and Co-Captains) must be security cleared by the RCMP.
Block Watch Captain's Duties (Starting a new group):
1. Please go door-to-door in the area that you would like to include in your group, and ask your neighbours if they are interested in joining Block Watch. If yes, ask for their name, street address, phone number, and e-mail address. Let them know Block Watch will use their e-mail address to notify them regarding neighbourhood residential break and enters. (Let your neighbours know that their personal information (name, address and telephone number will be shared within your group - if they prefer not to share their telephone number just let us know and we will keep it confidential.)
2. Ask your neighbours to report criminal or suspicious activity to the Police. Block Watch doesn't want anyone patrolling or approaching suspicious people themselves. If a suspect(s) is present, call 9-1-1. If no suspect(s) is present, call 604 278-1212.
3. After you have collected your group’s information, submit it to the Block Watch office (either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax 604 713-2349). We will add the information to our database and print a copy of your group’s list for you to distribute to each neighbour listed. We will provide you with a Participant's Manual to distribute to each of your group including insurance cards. Please let the people who join know that they may be eligible for a 5 - 15% discount when renewing their home insurance as Block Watch members.
4. If you want a Block Watch street sign(s) installed, let us know where you would like the street sign(s) installed. We recommend one sign at the start of your group and one sign at the end of your group. The Block Watch office will ask the City’s Sign Dept to install the sign(s).
5. Twice a year, we will deliver newsletters to you and ask you to deliver them to your group.
6. When new residents move into your group's area, invite them to join your Block Watch group. Update your Street Map and send the new information to the Block Watch office. We'll send you a Participant's Manual to give to the new participants.
7. Once a year, we will mail you a list of your participants, please update it and return it to us.
Residential Break and Enter Alert E-mail Fan-out System
Register your e-mail address to receive neighbourhood residential break and enter e-mail alerts at email@example.com. This information educates Richmond citizens of neighbourhood criminal activity and asks if they know anything about the crime or suspect(s) to call the Police. Remember: If there is a suspect present, call 9-1-1. If there is no suspect present, call the Richmond RCMP's non-emergency number, 604-278-1212.
Safe neighbourhoods aren't built, they are made safe by the people who live in them!
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