LPS recruiting more volunteers for The Watch

If you are a minimum of 18 years of age, want make a difference in the community and test drive a career in policing or social services, becoming a Watch volunteer might be for you!

The Watch is currently accepting applications for up to 20 volunteer positions.

“Since its inception in early May, The Watch has been welcomed with open arms downtown and we are excited to expand the program,” said Jeff Hansen, Watch Manager.

Highly visible and recognizable by their red shirts and coats, Watch patrollers are deployed seven days a week throughout the year to enhance public safety and connect citizens with the appropriate response from police, EMS or social and community services. Watch volunteers are connected directly to LPS by radio and patrol downtown Lethbridge in teams. They are responsible for reporting criminal activity, safety concerns, traffic hazards, nuisance behaviour, keeping a daily record of all incidents and activities, providing First Aid, tourist information and Safe Walk services.

All volunteers will be provided with comprehensive training including non-violent crisis intervention, street awareness and patrol safety tactics, CPR and First Aid, diversity awareness, citizen powers of arrest, report writing and note-taking, mental health awareness, occupational health and safety and more.

Ideal candidates are enthusiastic and outgoing individuals with strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. Previous customer service experience, geographic knowledge of the City of Lethbridge and an understanding of mental health, addictions and social issues are also an asset.

Volunteer shifts are four-hours in duration and volunteers must be willing to commit to a minimum of one, four-hour shift per week (four shifts per month). All volunteers must be able to walk multiple kilometers per day.

All candidates are required to pass a police information check. Volunteer applications are available at www.lethbridgepolice.ca/watch

Completed forms can be submitted in person at the police station or electronically by email to jeff.hansen@lethbridgepolice.ca 

Submissions will be accpeted until Friday, July 19, 2019.

For further information about volunteering with The Watch please contact Jeff Hansen at 403-330-5220.

 

Media inquiries may be directed to:

Jeff Hanson
The Watch Manager
Lethbridge Police Service
403-330-5220
jeff.hansen@lethbridgepolice.ca