New Westminster – On June 28th, 2012 the New Westminster Police Department will be graduating its first Reserve Constable Class since the program was phased out 12 years ago.
Under the former program, the NWPD Reserve Constable’s were armed and their primary function was to supplement operational policing under the supervision of full time police officers.
The new Provincially regulated Reserve Constable program is designed for community volunteers whose primary role is to participate in community policing activities relating to public safety and crime prevention, on an unarmed basis
The twelve NWPD Reserve Constable graduates will be tasked with community focused duties that will provide both the NWPD and the community with the opportunity to coordinate, facilitate and implement community policing and crime prevention programs in areas that may not have the necessary community infrastructure to support public safety initiatives that require a higher standard of training than Crime Prevention Volunteers. It is also hoped that some of the graduates may look to making policing their full time profession and join the ranks of the NWPD in the future.
For anyone interested in attending, the graduation ceremony will be taking place at New Westminster City Hall inside Council Chambers between 6pm and 7pm. The event is open to both the media and the public.