“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” (Author Unknown)

Lord RobertsWithout 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

Child IDAll 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
  • Presentations
  • Outreach Services
  • Traffic Projects
  • Project 529 Anti-Bike Theft Registrations

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 info@wechcpc.com to arrange an intake interview at the office at 1295 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.

2021 Josie Babiuk Memorial Award for Volunteer of the Year

 “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” (Cynthia Ozick)

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 we recognized two recipients.

Ondrej (top photo) has been a volunteer for two and a half years. He was new to Canada at the time, and when he chose to make Vancouver his home, he chose us to be his second family. Prior to the pandemic closure, he primarily participated in office and patrol shifts, but he was eager to learn and willing to take on more. When we reinstated our volunteer program after the pandemic shut down last year, Ondrej was one of the first to sign up for shifts. Since then, we can’t think of a single activity that he hasn’t participated in. Last year he became our Speed Watch activity lead and this year he took on the added role as one of the foot patrol trainers. For those of you that have participated in any road races, he was probably the lead there too. Although he worries unnecessarily about his English, he often chats about ideas for our PR initiatives and he participated in two of our Back To School safety videos. Congratulations Ondrej!

Minnie (bottom photo) joined us as a volunteer in the summer of 2018. In the beginning she fooled us into thinking she was a shy and quiet person, but once she was onboarded, she changed into the bubbly and enthusiastic person we have grown to value. While she mostly participates in our foot patrol program, she is also a frequent contributor to discussions at our AGM. Not only is she a role model to the volunteers with whom she partners, she is also a cheerleader. We often overhear her coaching and providing words of encouragement to both her long-term volunteer friends and new volunteers. Minnie is also a lover of dogs and is a huge supporter of ours on social media. About a third of the photos you see on our social media were taken by her and maybe we also took some of the photos off her personal social media pages. We think her loyalty to us can only be rivaled by her devotion to the VPD. She is a VPD role player, participates in VPD Judo, is a civilian employee, and is soon to be a police applicant. Congratulations Minnie!