The volunteers check for stolen vehicles and report suspicious activities to the Police. Crime Watch volunteers do NOT take an active role in any law enforcement.
Distracted Driver's Program
- attend intersections and watch for drivers that are texting or talking on their cell phones, reading or have dogs on their laps
- make note of the vehicle's description, licence plate number and what the driver was doing
- a letter is sent to the registered owner with information on the safety risks of their actions, and the fine amounts if they were pulled over by the Police.
- provide a visual deterrent in the downtown area
- are trained in "observe and report" techniques
Lock Out Auto Crime
- conduct random vehicle checks throughout the City, looking for visible valuables, open windows or unlocked doors
- all inspected vehicles are given a crime prevention notice, either thanking them for securing their vehicles properly or advising them how they can deter auto theft
Is a crime prevention initiative aimed at educating Richmond residents on how to be a safe pedestrian. Twice a year (fall and spring) trained volunteers, along with RCMP members, and Richmond firefighters visit busy intersections and talk to pedestrians about safety and hand out reflective armbands.
- are equipped with a radar and speed reader board to give drivers instant feedback regarding their speed
- record licence plate numbers, the vehicle's speed, and a letter is sent to inform the vehicle's registered owner of the driving infraction
Stolen Auto Recovery (Co-sponsored by ICBC)
- are equipped with portable computers which are used to identify stolen vehicles.
- Volunteers help to recover hundreds of stolen vehicles each year throughout Metro Vancouver.
Volunteer Bike Patrol
- patrol neighbourhoods throughout the City of Richmond
- look for suspicious activities and report all suspicious activities to the Police
- assist with identifying abandoned houses, graffiti and potential marijuana grow operations
How to Apply to Become a RCMP Volunteer
- 19 years of age or older
- Pass a suitability interview and police information check
- Willing to consent to a background check
- Volunteer a minimum of 8 hours a month
- Commit to a minimum of 1 year with the program