Business Watch

The BUSINESS WATCH program consists of contacts made to each registered business within the Oceanside area, in order to advise them of the many ways that they may protect their business from shoplifters, fraudulent cheque artists, break and enter, and even internal theft.

When contacted, a business owner or manager may arrange to have an Oceanside RCMP Member pay a visit to their premises, and check doors and windows, advising of changes that might make the premises more burglar proof.

Business Property Reference

Overview:

The police rely on dispatch to get timely and relevant information when responding to calls for service. As these calls can sometimes be a panic filled situation it is vitally important to have an accurate database in which dispatchers draw information from. Without constant revisiting and updating, the database becomes out of date and the information diminishes in reliability.

COP Training

Once you have passed the RCMP Criminal Record Check, you will be contacted and invited to attend a training session. This initial training will cover such topics as: overview of COPS organization, patrol record keeping procedures, overview of patrol kit contents, and patrol observation techniques.

Speedwatch FAQ

What time of day do patrols go out?

Patrols can be scheduled either during the daytime or evening. It usually depends on the availability of volunteers and recommendations of the RCMP.

Are vehicles provided or do I have to use my own car?

Patrols are conducted in the volunteer's vehicle.

Do I receive any financial compensation for doing patrols?

Speedwatch History

In 1992 a group of citizens concerned with the amount of excessive speeding within the District 69 area approached the RCMP to see what could be done. After several meetings and discussions the RCMP and ICBC teamed up to train and equip these citizens with speed monitoring equipment. Initially the group was small but over the years with the expansion and population growth of the area, volunteers now patrol a large area including the communities of Bowser to the north, Qualicum Beach, Coombs/Errington, Parksville and Nanoose Bay to the south.

Speed Watch

Speeding in residential neighbourhoods is one of the most frequent concerns of the RCMP. The SPEEDWATCH program encourages residents to become involved in addressing speeding problems. Often motorists who speed in residential areas are unaware of the effect their actions have on the peace and safety of those streets. SPEEDWATCH is a public awareness program in which concerned citizens can take an active role in solving the speeding issue by raising the public awareness of the actual speed motorists are travelling.

COP FAQ

What time of day do patrols go out?

Patrols can be scheduled either during the daytime or evening. It usually depends on the availability of volunteers and recommendations of the RCMP.

Are vehicles provided or do I have to use my own car?

Patrols are conducted in the volunteer's vehicle

With the high cost of gas, do I receive any financial compensation for doing patrols?

Citizens on Patrol

The Oceanside Citizens on Patrol is comprised of concerned citizens who volunteer their time, energy and vehicles to cut down on crime. Oceanside Citizens on Patrol has over 75 members and an executive committee elected within the ranks to run the day to day routine operations of the group. In addition, other members volunteer to task roles as a scheduler, group leaders and director.

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