The Vancouver Police Community Safety Program is a three-year pilot project, running from 2013 to 2016. The Community Safety Unit is comprised of 42 special constables (20 full-time and 22 auxiliary members), one staff sergeant, two sergeants and one constable.
Community Safety members are distinct and separate from regular police members, and they are considered to be a unique element of the police department. The primary purpose of Community Safety personnel is to assist the Vancouver Police Department and enhance service delivery in the community by:
assisting with lower-level, lower-risk tasks, as directed, to alleviate regular police officers from such tasks, thereby providing regular police officers with more capacity to serve the community and to maintain high visibility while patrolling neighbourhoods
assisting the Vancouver Police Department at community and public events by providing a visible presence to the community, to promote safety and security, where the presence of a regular police officer is not required
acting as a liaison between regular police officers and the community, as appropriate, to ensure the Vancouver Police Department continues to effectively serve citizens in Vancouver
assisting police officers in order to maximize their available proactive policing time
Community Safety personnel assist regular patrol officers with various tasks, including picking up statements, outside perimeter security at police incidents, and assisting with the transportation and tagging of property. In addition, they will be available to provide logistical support during large-scale deployments, major events, emergencies or disasters. The Community Safety members are available city-wide and work an 11-hour dayshift and 11-hour nightshift for maximum coverage.
The Community Safety Program training curriculum consists of 10 weeks of training, divided into three terms: Term I Academic Learning; Term II Practicum; Term III Academic Learning and Graduation.
The Community Safety Unit, and its personnel, are dedicated to supporting Vancouver Police officers in their daily tasks and functions and providing an enhanced visible presence and service for the citizens, businesses and visitors of Vancouver.
Applicants are required to have the following qualifications:
minimum Grade 12 graduation or equivalent (GED)
minimum 19 years of age
Canadian citizen or permanent resident
a valid BC Class 5 driver’s license with no restrictions and a good driving history