“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” (Author Unknown)
Without faithful volunteers, our Community Policing Centre would not be able to provide the level of personal interaction and service required to address the various needs of our neighbourhood. Our volunteers are people from across the Lower Mainland and from a variety of backgrounds who are interested in making a difference in the community. They maintain a high level of professional standards, ethics, and values. You do not have to be a Law Enforcement applicant; you just have to care. Our programming is flexible and fun and will suit most schedules.
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” (Voltaire)
The West End-Coal Harbour Community Policing Centre and the Vancouver Police Department values the volunteers that give their time to make our crime prevention programs a success and our community a safer place to work, live, and enjoy. Throughout the year we provide interest-based training opportunities and host events for our volunteers, such as barbecues, awards events, and other special functions. We want you, and in return we want you to be happy.
Why You Should Volunteer
- Gain necessary experience working with law enforcement agencies
- Networking opportunities and building contacts to assist career aspirations
- Gain familiarity of the community and its neighbourhoods
- Build rapport with like-minded people and community organizations
- Unique opportunities available only to volunteers
- A chance to give back to your community
Health Benefits of Volunteering - BC Living
How Volunteers Get Involved
All volunteers are trained in maintaining the Street Front Office, including answering the phone and communicating with people who visit the centre, providing information and referrals, documenting lost/found property, calculating statistics, and logging essential information for non-emergency reports in the Victim Information Services program. After the basic orientation and completion of an office shift with a staff member, you can be trained and/or participate in any of the additional programs and activities:
- Foot Patrol, Pooch Patrol
- Child Find BC Fingerprinting
- Anti-Graffiti Initiative
- Community Clean-Up
- Outreach Services
- Traffic Projects
- Bike Engraving
Specialized programs, such as Speed Watch or additional Patrol operatives, require customized training which is offered by individuals with extensive skills or by external agencies. Opportunities to be trained in these programs occur approximately three times a year.
Minimum Volunteering Criteria
WECHCPC volunteers must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Able to pass a VPD Criminal Record Check
- Available to dedicate a minimum of four hours a month to CPC programs and activities
- Converse and write in English
- Comfortable working with the public
- Team Player
- Display professionalism and confidentiality
How To Apply
To become a volunteer, please contact the Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-717-2924 to arrange an intake interview at the office at 1267 Davie Street. You will be required to complete a Volunteer Application on the day of the interview so please bring one piece of current photo ID and the contact details for three professional references. Volunteer Applications cannot be picked up on behalf of another party or taken out of the office. All applications are subject to a VPD Criminal Record Check and security clearance. The application process to become a volunteer may take between two and four weeks. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Volunteer of the Year
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” (Cynthia Ozick)
Each year, the WECHCPC honours its membership and community supporters with a Year End Volunteer Appreciation Event. One of the highlights of the event is acknowledging the Volunteer of the Year. In 2014, the Volunteer of the Year Award was renamed the Josie Babiuk Memorial Award, to honour a WECHCPC volunteer who succumbed to pancreatic cancer days after she attended the 2013 Year End Brunch. The Josie Babiuk Memorial Award is given to the person or persons who best exemplifies the spirit of community policing. The award winner does not have to contribute the most hours in a particular program or have been with the organization for the longest amount of time. The Josie Babiuk Memorial Award recipient goes above and beyond, and shows outstanding dedication to the CPC through involvement, commitment, and disposition. This year’s award was presented to Shelley Coppieters. Shelley is energetic, patient, has a great sense of humour, and is willing to put in the work when it is most needed. She first came to the CPC as a practicum student through the Vancouver Community College Administrative Assistant program in April 2013. She spent two weeks doing all the mundane tasks asked of her, but she loved it so much she signed on as a full time volunteer as soon as her practicum ended. Lucky for us it was an easy sell because she lives in the West End and was looking for a way to give back to the community she loves. Shelley regularly participates in our Keep Vancouver Spectacular litter pick up, she assists at Seniors safety presentations, she attends our Annual General Meetings, she plays with the kids at Community Beach Safety Day, she complies our newsletter, and helps out in the office. When the CPC was hiring a new Programs Manager in November 2014, Shelley contributed a whopping 42 volunteer hours in the office to help out.