The return of Community Policing will be a welcome addition by residents. (File photo by Don Bodger)

The return of Community Policing will be a welcome addition by residents. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Return of Community Policing in the works

Volunteers being sought and coordinators to be announced soon

Community Policing is returning to the Cowichan Valley.

North Cowichan/Duncan Community Policing has undergone some changes this spring, with programs and volunteers now managed by Sarah Davidge with Cowichan Community Policing & Engagement Society. She’s been working to hire new coordinators for North Cowichan (Chemainus, Crofton and Maple Bay), Duncan and Cowichan Bay.

Davidge is also getting valuable and impactful programs up and running again, such as Speed Watch, Crime Watch and Block Watch, to name a few. Cowichan Community Policing & Engagement Society has amazing opportunities to volunteer for these programs and many more.

“If you are community minded, wish to contribute to positive meaningful community changes and experience the camaraderie experienced by being part of this volunteer team, perhaps Cowichan Community Policing & Engagement Society is the right place for you,” proposed Cpl. Cari Lougheed of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment.

“I love this community, because people step up and volunteer to make a difference,” noted Davidge.

All training related to the Speed Watch, Crime Watch and Block Watch programs is provided and paid for by Cowichan Community Policing & Engagement Society. Volunteers will need to undergo a criminal record check, have a clean driving abstract and be at least 19 years old.

Cowichan Community Policing & Engagement Society requests a minimum commitment of two hours twice a month plus one hour for monthly meetings. People from all walks of life are being sought.

The South Cowichan Community Policing website has more information at www.southcowichancommunitypolicing.ca to see if this might be the right fit for certain individuals.

The North Cowichan Community Policing website will be coming soon.

“This is an exciting time for community policing in the Cowichan Valley, with COVID-19 restrictions hopefully lifting soon, many programs our detachment used to rely on are now getting up and running again,” noted North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Insp. Chris Bear. “We have a new manager and new coordinators who are eager to get volunteers trained and out in our communities.”

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