Community Policing Programs
The goal of the Community Policing Office is to help fulfill the RCMP’s commitment to work in partnership with the community by sharing the delivery of policing services.
To achieve this goal, Community Policing Offices are intended to be user-friendly interfaces for the RCMP where the general public is invited to direct a variety of police or crime related inquiries or initiate non-emergency crime reports. For more information, check out our Community Policing Programs:
- Auxiliary Constable - provides volunteers with the opportunity to perform authorized activities in support of strategies to address the cause of, or reduce the fear of, crime and disorder. For more information, contact Bill Finney at 250-864-5937 or pick up an application at the Kelowna RCMP Detachment.
- Bike Theft Prevention - provides tips on cycling safety and theft prevention. Bike Theft Prevention packages are available at the Kelowna and West Kelowna detachments, Rutland and KLO Policing offices, at various local cycling stores and online.
- Block Watch - creates a partnership between police and citizens that draws on members of the community for help in preventing and reducing neighbourhood crime. It is a neighbour-helping-neighbour program that teaches citizens to secure their property, be aware of their surroundings, and report any suspicious activities to the police. For more information, visit blockwatch.com.
- Child ID - Child Identification (Child ID) is a program made available to parents who wish to have a way of uniquely identifying their young children. Specially trained Community Policing volunteers will take the child’s fingerprints; these are turned over to the parents (the RCMP DO NOT keep a copy). The parents are encouraged to attach a current picture of the child (the latest school photo) to the fingerprints and store them in a safe place. Should the need to identify the child, (ie: abduction), be necessary, the fingerprints offer absolute proof as to the correct identity of the child. For more information, contact the KLO Policing Office at 250-470-0600.
- Citizen Patrols - dedicated RCMP volunteers assist police by patrolling designated areas to observe and report any suspected criminal activity. By being an extra set of trained "eyes and ears," the patrol is able to assist in the deterrence of crime in the community. The patrol is not designed to replace regular police patrols, rather, allows the police an opportunity to direct their focus on higher priority areas. For more information contact Kevin MacDougall, Community Policing Coordinator at 250-765-6355
- Crime Stoppers - If you know anything about a crime or suspicious activity, make a difference by calling the Crime Stoppers TIPS LINE at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), leaving an anonymous secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.net or text to 274637 (crime) using keyword "ktown". You never have to leave your name, and you may receive a cash reward for your efforts. Crime Stoppers is a regional program that offers cash rewards of up to $2,000 for anonymous tips that lead to charges, an arrest, the recovery of stolen property or illegal drugs.
- False Alarm Reduction - false dispatches result in a tremendous cost to society and threaten the safety of police officers and the community they protect. At the request of the Kelowna RCMP, the Regional District of Central Okanagan created a Security Alarm Bylaw and program to reduce the number of false alarms. The bylaw requires that all residential and business alarm systems must be registered. For more information and to register your alarm system, visit regionaldistrict.com/alarms.
- Restorative Justice - Restorative Justice is a philosophy based on community healing. In other words, the community decides what is best for itself. Community justice forums create an equal voice for offenders and victims. The best results occur when the victim, offender and the community jointly resolve the effects of the offender's actions. For more information, visit www.jhscso.bc.ca (for adult restorative justice) and boysandgirlsclubs.ca (for youth restorative justice).
- Regional District Crime Prevention - the regional program promotes safer communities and provides crime prevention advice and leadership within the municipalities of Lake Country, Peachland, West Kelowna, the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas, and Westbank First Nation. The Crime Prevention Coordinator works closely with the RCMP in each of those areas. For more information, visit the Regional District of Central Okanagan Crime Prevention webpage.
- School Resource Officer - School Resource Officers act as resource people for teachers, parents and youth and are positive role models for our youth. Although their roles are not intended to be as enforcement officers, they will respond as police officers to any emergent in progress incident. For more information, contact one of the School Resource Officers at 250-762-3300.
- Senior Contact - a program for seniors who live alone and do not have a caregiver checking in or visiting on a regular basis. At a predetermined time every day (usually between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.), program participants will be called by telephone. The call will be brief – the intent is to ensure the person is okay. For more information or to apply for the program, contact the KLO Community Policing Office at 250-470-0600.
- Speed Watch - if speeding is a problem in your neighbourhood, you can apply to volunteer to monitor speeding using portable radar and an electric sign, report problem locations to the RCMP, ICBC and the City of Kelowna, and contribute to greater awareness in your area. For more information and to apply, call 250-470-0600.
- Victim Services - Victim Service workers are trained to provide assistance and support to victims and others whose lives have been impacted by crime and trauma. Services include emotional support, practical assistance, information on the status of the police file, information on the Criminal Justice System, Court Support including court orientation and accompaniment, assistance with official forms, i.e. Crime Victims Assistance Program (if eligible), Victim Impact Statements, information on safety planning including home security and personal safety, referrals to other agencies and services, and crisis intervention. For more information, visit the Regional District of Central Okanagan Victim Services webpage.
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