Kingston Police are hosting a recruiting event for The Kingston Police Community Volunteers (KPCV) at their headquarters on Sept. 17.
KPCV consists of a group of citizens who help the Kingston Police maintain the community by reporting suspicious behaviour, assisting with special events and parades, and participating in missing persons searches.
Applicants can visit 705 Division Street from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to view displays that will showcase the initiatives volunteers can get involved with, Kingston Police said in a press release. Qualified applicants should have a G class license and be over 18 years old.
“The volunteers have been helping the community for 26 years now. We have been involved with many missing person searches over the years as well as over 100 special events a year,” Chris Phelan, coordinator of community volunteers, said in an interview with The Journal.
Phelan said volunteers do “eyes and ears patrols” in Kingston. Volunteers then contact police dispatch, which sends officers to investigate the situation.
Phelan added the volunteers are “non confrontational.” They act as an “extra set of eyes and ears” to keep the community as safe as possible.
KPCV are looking for new volunteers who can commit to a minimum of eight hours per month of patrols and events, as well as attend one meeting per month. Volunteers should be able to commit to a minimum of two years, due to the expense of training and equipment, Phelan said.
Members of KPCV will be on hand to answer any questions at the event. Those interested can pick up and complete applications on site.
Kingston Police, KPCV, Volunteer
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