Victoria, BC – On Saturday, February 4th, our latest class of Reserve Constables were sworn in by A/Chief Del Manak before family and friends.
Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board Co-Chair Mayor Lisa Helps welcomed the class of 16 to their new roles as volunteer uniformed representatives of the Department in the communities we serve. The 2017 VicPD Reserve Constable class included a member of the Central Saanich Police Service. VicPD often partners with other regional police agencies to enable training opportunities such as Reserve officer training.
Over four months of training that began in fall of 2016, the Reserve Constable recruits began to learn the skills that they need to serve. Reserves fulfill a number of roles, performing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) assessments, giving anti-fraud talks, providing traffic control at public events, supporting officers at bike rodeos, recovering lost and stolen bikes and augmenting our ranks on Patrol. Reserves give an average of 7,000 hours each year of volunteer service back to our communities.
Many Reserve Constables join the program as part of their process in moving towards a career in law enforcement. Over the last three years, more than 40 of our Reserves have joined departments across the country as police officers.
To learn more about our Reserve Constable program, please visit http://vicpd.ca/reserve-constable.