Volunteer Opportunities

Community Policing Office Sponsored Outreach Programs

Crime Watch

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.

Foot Patrols

  • 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

Pedestrian Safety

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.

Speed Watch

  • 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

For more information, contact the Community Policing Offices nearest to you or email richmond_volunteering@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Police and Community . . ."working together to prevent crime"