West Kelowna Community Policing
An active community is an effective community. West Kelowna’s men and women in uniform appreciate the support they receive from trained volunteers who are willing to donate their time to run programs and services that help make West Kelowna a safer, happier and healthier place to call home.
The West Kelowna Community Policing Society is a volunteer, community-based organization. The society’s role is to work under the direction of the RCMP, ICBC, emergency services groups and enforcement agencies to operate a number of programs.
West Kelowna Citizens Patrol is a community of fellow citizens who volunteer approximately five hours each month to help make the District of West Kelowna a better place for everyone to call home. We work together with the RCMP, ICBC, BC Emergency Services and the District of West Kelowna Emergency Services.
Citizen Patrol volunteers are observers and reporters only while on patrol on either day or evening shifts. Patrol members are not expected, nor are they allowed to get directly involved if they observe an offence. In no way would you put yourself into harm’s way… it is the responsibility of the police, fire and ambulance personnel to deal directly with the situation. In addition, they are constantly on the watch for other community emergency situations such as traffic collisions, fires or citizens who may need assistance, to name just a few. Speed Watch and stolen vehicle searches, on behalf of ICBC, are also duties that are performed by some patrol members.
TRAFFIC WATCH volunteers monitor driving behavior and share their results with the RCMP and ICBC. The patrol van and WKCP volunteers can often be seen in our community equipped up with radar and an electronic board that displays passing motorists’ speeds, reminding them to stay within the speed limit. Other times volunteers are noting the number of drivers who are distracted by talking on cell phones or by texting, and sometimes they note the number of motorists who are driving without using their seat belts.
The WKCP Subpoena Assist Program is a critically important support unit to both the RCMP and Crown Council. The team cross references both incoming and outgoing subpoenas and summons on a bi-weekly basis, verifying file numbers as well as witness names and record this information. Should a subpoena or summons be identified “For Personal Service”, the person is contacted and it can then be flagged and forwarded to RCMP Administration for further direct action. These are time sensitive documents and special attention must be paid to the Diary Date, which is the date when the Crown requires the subpoena to be served by.
Working under the authorization of the RCMP as well as ICBC and from a national data base of all BC licensed vehicles, reported stolen cars, trucks, trailers, motorcycles, snow machines etc. Citizens Patrol members are able to verify whether a vehicle is stolen or not by simply entering the license plate number into their onboard computer. The stolen vehicle data base is updated on a daily basis by the British Columbia Crime Prevention Association and is in turn updated by Citizens Patrol members prior to each patrol. Should a stolen vehicle be identified, the Patrol will inform the RCMP and maintain observation of the vehicle until the police arrive.
Child ID is a program made available to parents who wish to have a way of uniquely identifying their young children. Specially trained Community Police Volunteers take the child’s finger print or foot print which are turned over to the parents to be kept in a safe place, (the RCMP do not keep a copy). The Child ID program is offered periodically throughout the year and is provided free of charge.
The West Kelowna Community Policing Fraud Awareness program has expanded its mandate and has develop training programs for presentation to groups in the community on fraud awareness. A manual of all types of scams, schemes and frauds was also developed in order to inform WKCP volunteers and members of the general public of current fraudulent schemes.
The program will continue to develop and expand as needs are identified in order to make West Kelowna residents more fraud aware.
The West Kelowna RCMP, through its Community Policing Offices, has initiated a Seniors Contact Program. Seniors who qualify will be contacted by phone daily from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, Monday to Friday.
The Seniors Contact Program is for any senior who does not have a caregiver, friend, homemaker, etc. checking or visiting them on a daily basis.