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Volunteers help police live up to their motto: no call too small

When volunteers are drawn from diverse backgrounds and reflect the demographics of the community
Delta Police has a large compliment of volunteers that help gets vital programs out to the community. Delta Police Photo

The motto of the Delta Police is “No call too small.”

The department’s large volunteer base helps make that happen.

“Volunteer programs provide an avenue for community members to actively participate in supporting law enforcement efforts,” says A/Insp. James Sandberg, who serves as the department’s public affairs manager and media liaison. “This engagement fosters a sense of ownership and investment in community safety among residents.”

By contributing their time to such tasks as community outreach, event support, administrative tasks and non-emergency services, volunteers supplement the efforts of paid law enforcement personnel. They also help the department provide as many services as possible without adding extra costs to taxpayers.

There are even deeper benefits, Sandberg says.

When volunteers are drawn from diverse backgrounds and reflect the demographics of the community. “They can help build trust and rapport between law enforcement and residents….

“When volunteers interact with residents in a helpful and supportive manner, they can contribute to positive perceptions of law enforcement and help counteract negative stereotypes.”

As well, “volunteers play a key role in identifying and addressing local safety concerns,” Sandberg says. “Through neighbourhood patrols, community watch programs, or participation in crime prevention councils, volunteers can collaborate with law enforcement to develop effective strategies for addressing issues such as vandalism, drug abuse or gang activity.”

There are two primary ways to get involved with the department’s activities.

The larger of the two is volunteering through the District Community Policing Offices. Programs include bike patrol, busine watch, park patrol, pedestrian safety, stolen auto recovery and graffiti removal.

There’s also the Reserve Constable Program. This requires more extensive training to allow volunteers to be deployed to help officers at special events as well as provide ride-along support.

It’s not only the police department that benefits from such civic engagement.

“Volunteering provides individuals with a meaningful way to contribute to their community. By actively participating in community policing efforts, volunteers can feel a sense of purpose and fulfillment.”

Volunteers can also gain valuable skills and knowledge that benefit them personally and professionally.

Sandberg notes that by becoming engaged with their community, “volunteering has been linked to increased levels of happiness, satisfaction and overall wellbeing.

“Knowing that they are making a difference in their community can boost their morale and contribute to their overall sense of fulfillment and happiness.”

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