New Westminster – On June 26th, 2014, New Westminster Police Department will be graduating its second Reserve Constable class since the program was phased out 14 years ago. This program was brought back in 2012 to promote community safety and engagement. Over the past 2 years, the NWPD has reaped the rewards of the resurgence of the program by having the Reserve Constables assist patrol, participate in community events and promote safety campaigns. They have been an excellent contribution to our City and the NWPD.
Building on the success of the program, the Community Services Section recruited 9 Reserve Constables in the spring of 2014. They have endured a rigorous training program which included legal studies, use of force, bicycle safety, crime prevention, officer safety and traffic control training. After graduation on June 26th, 2014, the NWPD will proudly have a total of 18 Reserve Constables. They 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. It is 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.