The Watch is a volunteer-based program modeled after similar initiatives in Winnipeg and Vancouver, to enhance community safety downtown. Watch patrol volunteers will be deployed seven days a week throughout the year and will serve as eyes and ears to connect citizens with the appropriate response from police, EMS or social and community services. Volunteers will also provide directions, first aid, tourist information and other assistance – including a Safe Walk program.
VOLUNTEER WITH THE WATCH
If you want make a difference in your community and test drive a career in policing or social services, we want to meet you!
Watch volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age complete an application form, undergo police information check, be able to walk multiple kilometers per day and be willing to commit to one, four-hour shift per week (four shifts per month).
We are looking for a diverse team who will reflect the demographics of the city. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic and outgoing individual 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 will be 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). Volunteers must be able to walk multiple kilometers per day.
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, report writing and note-taking, mental health awareness, occupational health and safety and more.
All candidates are required to udergo and pass a police information check and must provide three references.
Completed forms can be submitted in person at the police station or electronically by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about volunteering with The Watch please contact Sgt. Mike Williamson at 403-330-5204