Auxiliary constable information sessions coming up quickly

ANYONE WITH interest in becoming a Terrace RCMP auxiliary constable is invited to one of three information sessions in the area tomorrow night, Friday March 22.

Terrace RCMP is looking for citizens of good character to become the ultimate volunteer and join the Auxiliary Constable Program.

The detachment wants to strengthen community and police partnerships by providing volunteers with the opportunity to address the cause of, or reduce the fear of, crime and disorder.

"The mandate of the auxiliary program is to participate in community policing activities relating to public safety and crime prevention (on an unarmed basis) as volunteers under the command of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police," said Const. Angela Rabut, auxiliary coordinator Terrace RCMP.

Auxiliary constables must contribute 160 hours of volunteer time per year such as participating in community policing programs and riding on patrol with police officers in a support role, said Rabut.

The role provides an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and expertise in order to deliver crime prevention and community policing programs to the public.

Training includes approximately 150 hours of classroom, practical, and police defensive techniques that takes place during five months. There is a midterm exam and a final exam administered by the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

The commitment to this training course is significant and attendance at all classes is mandatory.

Auxiliary Recruitment information sessions will be held on March 22 at 6 p.m. in the education room of Gitaus Administration Building, 7 p.m. in the meeting room of Terrace Public Library, and 8 p.m. in the mezzanine of the Kitsumkalum Hall.

Applicant Requirements: must be over the age of 19 years; Canadian Citizen; minimum education of a high school diploma or equivalent; valid Class 5 British Columbia Drivers Licence or higher; certificate of medical suitability; applicants must pass a suitability interview; applicants must attain RCMP security clearance; first aid.

Deadline to apply is April 12.

For more details, contact Const. Angela Rabut, Terrace RCMP auxiliary policing coordinator at 250-638-7429 or pick up an application form at the Terrace RCMP Detachment.

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