COME VOLUNTEER WITH US! GWCPC volunteers are from a wide variety of backgrounds, skill sets, education, and ages but all have one thing in common -- they are interested in making a difference in the Grandview Woodland community.
The GWCPC takes pride in the diversity and talents of its volunteers who include but are not limited to applicants to law enforcement agencies, university & college students, retirees, recent high school graduates, and those who just want to volunteer at a grass roots level. GWCPC volunteers are self-directed and choose which programs or activities they want to participate with to fulfill their 4 hour per month commitment. Requirements to Volunteer at GWCPC
Criminal Record & Background Check clearance
18 years of age or older
4 hours per month minimum in self-directed environment
Enjoy working and engaging with the public
Empathetic listener with plenty of patience
Good interpersonal & communication skills
Excellent spoken and written English is a necessity
Reliable, respectful, responsible and a team player
Able to maintain confidentiality
Complete and submit an Application to Volunteer form & then phone the GWCPC to schedule an interview with the Coordinator of Volunteers.
About Criminal Record Checks
Community Policing Centres do not process Criminal Record Checks, they are processed at the VPD police station located at 2120 Cambie Street.
After the initial GWCPC interview, volunteer applicants are given a Criminal Records Check and letter explaining they are applying to be a community policing volunteer.
Volunteers should not prefill the form – the form must be filled out at the police station where VPD can see it is you who is filling in the form.
Two pieces of government issue ID are required – one being photo ID. Examples of government issue ID are: driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, BC ID, BC Care Card, status card.
There is no charge for a Criminal Record Check for potential CPC volunteers. Criminal Record Checks are processed at:
Vancouver Police Department 2120 Cambie Street 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 7 days a week including statutory holidays
Benefits of Volunteering at GWCPC • Contribute to maintaining a safer community by volunteering in GWCPC Programs such as: - Information Services - Volunteer Patrols such as Foot & Bike Patrol, Speed Watch, Pooch Patrol - Community Outreach - Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design • Relevant volunteer experience for law enforcement applicants • Work experience – build your resume, letter of reference provided after 40 hours • VPD & CPC training opportunities • Meet other volunteers with similar or diverse interests • Personal satisfaction – it feels good to volunteer! Participant & Youth Volunteers Participant & Youth Volunteers are those who want to volunteer where they can without committing to the 4 hours per month requirement or those who do not meet the requirements to volunteer. Participant and Youth volunteers are not Criminal Record & Background Check cleared.
GWCPC welcomes all members of the community, including school groups, church groups, and businesses, to participate. Examples of events or activities where Participant and/or Youth Volunteers can contribute are:
Requirements for Participant & Youth Volunteers Volunteers 16 to 17 years old must have permission from a parent or guardian to participate. Both youth and parent will need to complete and sign the Youth Participant Registration Form that includes safety information for the activity are joining to help.
Board of Directors The GWCPC is a non-profit organization with an elected Board of Directors who meet once a month. Board members are volunteers who are actively involved in projects and volunteer throughout the year helping guide volunteers and staff with committees. Volunteers are eligible for election for a two-year term with the Board of Directors after 3 months of active volunteering at the GWCPC. There are currently two overlapping terms to ensure continuity of leadership.