Get Involved - Citizens' Crime Watch

Volunteering with Citizens’ Crime Watch (CCW) is a great way to get actively involved in public safety. CCW volunteers serve as extra eyes and ears on the street supporting various Coquitlam RCMP crime prevention and enforcement projects and helping to enhance police visibility and connection to the community. Applicants go through an RCMP security screening as well as an interview with current CCW volunteers and program coordinators to determine suitability. After successfully completing the screening process, new CCW members are trained by existing members to prepare for typical duties that include:

  • Patrols of crime “hotspots” to collect detailed information about suspicious, criminal or disorderly activity in areas identified as targets by the Coquitlam RCMP’s crime analysts. While on patrol, Crime Watch volunteers are equipped with radios that are linked to an operator in direct contact with the Coquitlam RCMP.
  • Attending community events to help police with pedestrian control, visibility and community relations.
  • Supporting crime prevention and public safety initiatives like ICBC’s Counter Attack and Operation Red Nose.

While there is no minimum number of hours CCW volunteers must contribute to the program, in order to stay active, all CCW members have to attend general membership meetings several times a year. Interested in joining Citizens’ Crime Watch?  You must be:

  • At least 16 years old with a valid BC Driver’s License. (Please note: applicants under 19 years old must submit RCMP form 5272 as part of their application.)
  • Willing and able to pass an RCMP security screening and suitability interview