Crime Prevention Patrols - 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?


The driver of the patrol vehicle receives partial compensation for gas since the majority of patrols log upwards of 50 -100 km

Community Watch

Known in the past as Citizens On Patrol, our Community Watch volunteer teams observe and report suspicious activities to the police.

Bicycle Patrols

This is a new initiative for our group. Patrols by bicycle are now being done in Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

Foot Patrols

Volunteers participate in foot patrols, park watch, ICBC campaigns and assist in many community events. Volunteers also respond when requested by RCMP and other agencies.

Vehicle Patrols

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The Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers is an organization comprising Citizens on Patrol, the Community Safety Office and Speedwatch.

The volunteers serve the communities of Bowser, Dashwood, Qualicum Bay, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Nanoose Bay, Coombs, Errington, Hilliers and their surrounding areas on the east coast of the central Vancouver Island area of British Columbia.

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about who we are, what we do, the services that we provide and perhaps to join us as a volunteer yourself.

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