Community Safety


We're Hiring for 2015!

Community Safety members are distinct and separate from regular police members, and they are considered to be a unique element of the police department. They have restricted peace officer status, but are not police officers. They perform specific authorized duties.

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.


Mission Statement

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.


Basic Qualifications

Applicants are required to have the following qualifications:

  • minimum 19 years of age
  • Grade 12 diploma or GED equivalent
  • physically fit and in excellent health
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • a valid BC Class 5 driver’s license with no restrictions and a good driving record
  • vision corrected to 20/20 and must meet colour vision standards
  • no business or employment conflict of interest
  • no criminal convictions, no adult criminal charges pending
  • no history of improper conduct, poor employment, military, education or driving record, that would affect your suitability for uniform duties

Selection Process

  • apply online to begin the process
  • entrance exam – a score of 50% is required to pass (sample written exam)
  • integrity and lifestyle questionnaire - documents outlining your personal background
  • Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT)
  • intake interview – conducted by a Recruiting detective, this includes a review of your integrity and lifestyle questionnaire
  • polygraph examination
  • medical exam (with your own doctor)
  • background investigation


Community Safety Program Applicants: Attending one of the VPD's monthly Information Sessions at the Justice Institute of B.C. in New Westminster is strongly recommended. Applying to the VPD is now easier than ever before. Your first step is simply to click on the button below:

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Applying to the VPD is now easier than ever before - just click on the button above to get started.

Attending one of the VPD's monthly Information Sessions at the Justice Institute of B.C. in New Westminster is strongly recommended.


Have you had a recent interaction with one of our Community Safety officers? We'd love your feedback in this short five-minute survey.

Community Safety Personnel Survey