Volunteer police force gets kudos

Reserve constables are being applauded by the force for their services during National Volunteer Appreciation Week

Victoria Police Department reserve constables are being applauded by the force for their services during National Volunteer Appreciation Week.VicPD has 40 reserve constables who put in more than 6,300 hours last year, while another 16 reserve constables are set to graduate in June.“Reserve constables contribute in so many ways to the safety of Victoria and Esquimalt,” said VicPD Chief Frank Elsner.  “Their volunteer service helps VicPD connect with the citizens we serve every day.”Reserve constable duties include monitoring auto crime and speeding drivers, and they regularly do community presentations on seniors fraud, Block Watch and other police initiatives.The volunteers undergo an intense hiring and screening process before beginning 80 hours of training that include legal studies, investigations, police operations and physical training.Reserve constables are also available to do a thorough assessment of homes and offer safety improvements after a break and enter occurs, among other duties.