Auxiliary constable recruitment now on by Surrey RCMP

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UNIFORM? Check.

Utility belt? Check.

Badge? Check.

Helping put bad guys away? Check.

Unselfishly dedicating your time to help make the city a safer place to live? Check.

All these things apply if you become a volunteer with the Surrey RCMP’s Auxiliary Constable Program, which is holding its annual recruitment campaign.

As an auxiliary constable, you could be directing traffic at a large community event, participating in a community forum on criminal justice, or assisting with an emerging crime situation. You are also a valuable resource for the community on crime prevention information and community policing programs.

The Surrey RCMP is looking for responsible and committed citizens of Surrey who have some time on their hands and a strong desire to make a difference in their city.

“There is no other training or volunteer experience like it,” says Bonnie Mellor, 44, who’s been with the Auxiliary Constable Program for the past five years. “I gained assertiveness and leadership skills I never knew I had in me,” says Mellor who was looking for a new challenge. “It’s given me a lot of confidence and been a real eye opener for my development.”

John Vargas has been an Auxiliary Constable since 2001. “I have always had an interest in policing and enjoy being a part of something bigger,” says the long-time sawmill worker. “I have made some great friends along the way and had lots of neat experiences. Wherever I go, something seems to happen!”

Auxiliary constables are uniformed volunteers under the command of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They participate in community policing activities in support of public safety and crime prevention. They assist police with community-based policing and crime prevention programs in a volunteer capacity, and may also assist police officers in the field under certain circumstances.

Applicants to Surrey RCMP’s Auxiliary Constable Program must meet the minimum requirements:

* Age 19 years or older

* Canadian Citizen

* Proficient in English language

* High school diploma or equivalent, at minimum.

* Valid BC Class 5 driver’s licence

* Live or work in Surrey

* Physically fit

* Able to make a minimum two-year commitment after training

The program is now taking registrations for its mandatory information sessions being held in February and March, which are listed on the Surrey RCMP’s Auxiliary Constable page. Register for a session by emailing surrey_auxiliary_application@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.