The City of Kelowna takes crime prevention seriously, investing 24 per cent of tax dollars in Police Services and fostering a good reporting relationship with the RCMP. Currently, we are implementing a four-year police resourcing strategy, with 22 new staff being added by 2015. Check out the Police Services 2013 Year in Review for more details and highlights from the past year.
The City’s 2012 Citizens Survey ranked concerns about personal safety relatively low, while putting protective services as the top priority for community investment. Taken together, the findings tell us people generally feel safe in Kelowna and they want to continue investing in protective services to enhance community security.
Policing services for the City of Kelowna are provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and guided by the RCMP Crime Reduction Strategy. The RCMP has proudly served Canadian communities for more than 130 years establishing a reputation as one of the most respected police forces in the world.
Check out the Kelowna RCMP history and Prosser's Police Resource Requirements report for more information.
Kelowna RCMP Detachment
Community Operational Support Unit (COSU)
Service delivery is based on the Community Policing concept which emphasizes community partnerships to maintain “safe homes and safe communities."
In addition to the main police office situated downtown, two Community Policing Offices are in operation in the Mission and Rutland neighbourhoods.
The success of Community Policing in Kelowna can be attributed, in part, to the more than two hundred highly skilled and trained community volunteers who assist with the Community Policing Offices and associated Crime Prevention initiatives. Kelowna RCMP also provides services to most of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, including West Kelowna, Peachland, Lake Country and Big White.
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.