Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community. The Waterloo Regional Police Service is proud to work alongside our hundreds of volunteers in a number of roles. Consider joining our team through one of these unique oppotunities. If you require accommodation in completing the application process, or with any portion of the application process or interview, please email us at HumanResources@wrps.on.ca.

Auxiliary Constable 
 

A volunteer position as an Auxiliary Constable can be both challenging and rewarding. Your contributions will help our community enjoy festivals, events, and parades in a safe environment. You will also support crime prevention initiatives across the Region, assist officers, and will gain a first hand view into policing.

Are you...

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A Canadian Citizen or a permanent resident
  • Of good moral character and habits
  • Able to attend training and pass tests set by the Service
  • Holding an Ontario High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Able to be certified by a medical practitioner to be mentally and physically fit for duty
  • Holding a valid Ontario drivers licence with at least a "G "classification and no more than 6 demerit points; and
  • Able to follow all rules of the Police Service

 Auxiliary Duties

  • All duties will be completed by following Police Service procedures
  • Volunteer in all weather conditions
  • Volunteer under the direction of a police officer.
  • Assist with duties given by that officer which may include
    • Traffic direction
    • Crowd control
    • Assist at RIDE programs
    • Search for missing persons
    • Speak with community groups
    • Deliver crime prevention initiatives
    • Hand out educational material
    • Go on a Ride-along with a Police Officer
    • Other duties assigned by the Chief of Police

Time Commitment

  • Commit at least two years
  • At least twelve hours of volunteer time per month
  • Duties will take place any time during the day, night and weekend

Training and Equipment Provided

  • 58 hours of initial training
  • Will not be issued a Handgun, Pepper Spray or a Conducted Energy Weapon (Taser)
  • Training and equipment provided at no cost to you

How to Apply

Download and complete the below forms. The Application for Employment and Personal History forms may be submitted electronically. Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m.

Application for Employment

Personal History Form

All applicants must fully complete and submit all forms. These forms may also be picked up at any police facility. 

Mailing address for manually completed forms:
Waterloo Regional Police Service
Attention: Human Resources
P.O. Box 3070
200 Maple Grove Road
Cambridge, Ontario N3H 5M1
519-650-8500 ext. 8506

  1. Selected applicants will attend an Information and Testing session and must pass all written tests.
  2. Selected applicants will attend an interview with, at a minimum, the Auxiliary Coordinator and a certified      Human Resource professional
  3. All applicants must pass a background investigation conducted by the police
  4. Selected applicants must attend and successfully complete orientation training.

For information:

Call Auxiliary Coordinator Cst. Ron Nichols 519-650 8500 ext. 8884.

Chorus

The Waterloo Regional Police Chorus was formed in November 1973, and over the years has earned a reputation for quality performances and top-notch entertainment.

The 50-member Chorus is a non-profit organization, sponsored by the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board as a community relations vehicle for the Police Service. Its mandate is to serve the Region of Waterloo, performing at a wide variety of community events, including fundraisers, benefit concerts, and ceremonial functions.

The Chorus is in demand beyond the borders of Waterloo Region, and has accepted invitations to sing throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. Having performed at more than 1,030 concerts and events, the Chorus has, as of October 2018, proudly raised or helped to raise close to $1.5 million since its inception. The members have graciously donated these funds to a broad scope of charitable causes. Recent highlights for the Chorus have included two Remembrance Day concerts with John McDermott in 2017, which enabled the Chorus to donate $29,000 to local hospices. 

The Chorus has also received letters of commendation from Queen Elizabeth and President Ronald Reagan for concerts and fundraising efforts in their countries, as well as one from Justin Trudeau. In addition, the Chorus has also received the prestigious Golden Hammer Award from Habitat for Humanity in the United States for helping raise enough money to build a Habitat residence. 

You can also find the Chorus performing regularly throughout Ontario, bi-annually on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for the National Police Memorial Service, and at the Ontario Police Memorial Dedication at Queen's Park in Toronto each year under the leadship of Music Director Natalie Robinson and accompaniment of Sheila Wallace. The Chorus has been honoured to share the stage with such well-known artists as Men of the Deeps, John McDermott, Susan Aglukark, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Frank Mills, and many others. 

The Chorus likes to see the audience toe-tapping and singing along with them, so members offer a wide variety of music for everyone to enjoy, including old-time classics to modern-day favourites. Since many of their concerts are fundraisers for churches, they also have numerous Christian and spiritual songs in their repertoire. They also frequently find themselves learning a special song to accommodate a specific group or cultural function during a performance. The Chorus performs about 25 concerts per year, and have happily become quite accustomed to standing ovations!

Members of the Chorus also volunteer to participate in numerous further charitable ventures, such as annual pyjama drives for organizaitons supporting victims of abuse.

Membership in the Chorus is open to men and women in the community who are citizens in good standing. The Chorus welcomes men and women who are willing to dedicate themselves to achieving the standards for which the Chorus is known, to consider joining our fun and fundraising mission with us!

For further information, please feel free to contact us at: chorus@wrps.on.ca.

Chorus Executive Members:

Manager: Bob Brown

President: Yves Savard

Vice-President: Kevin Burrows

Sergeant-at-Arms: John Van Osch

Director: Natalie Robinson

Accompanist: Sheila Wallace

Emcee and Quartermaster: Carlo Perrotta

Secretary: Karl Euler

Treasurer: Bob Missere

Information Officer:  Larry Missere

Members at Large: Jeremy Snyder, Fred Gregory, Barry Baldasaro

Booking Officer: Don Elliott

 Ceremonial Band

The Ceremonial Band of the Waterloo Regional Police Service was formed in 1977, serving as a public relations unit, proudly wearing the uniform of the Waterloo Regional Police Service.

The band is comprised of approximately 50 musicians and 10 colour guard, who are all volunteers from the Police Service and the community. The band performs in street parades, concerts, military tattoos and special ceremonial functions including the Canadian Police Officers Memorial Service held each year on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Internationally, the band has performed in several U.S. States and in 1996 was hosted by the Lancashire Constabulary in England during a ten day performance tour.

For more information or to join the band contact Robin Habermehl.

 Children's Safety Village
The Waterloo Region’s Children’s Safety Village was initiated by the Waterloo Regional Police Service as a community program designed to provide local students with a unique learning opportunity with the focus on experience-based safety training. Since the inception of the Village in 1992 and the addition of the Fire Education Program in 1997 the Waterloo Region Children’s Safety Village has educated more than a 450,000 students averaging 6 classes / day and reaching approximately 22,000 students each year. Visit thier website to learn more about volunteer opportunities. 
Victim Services

Victim Services of Waterloo Region is a non-profit organization that is available 24/7, 365 days a year.  We provide short-term emotional and practical support along with community referrals to victims of crime and tragic circumstances within the Region of Waterloo.  Our response is caring, skilled and effective. 

Victim Services of Waterloo Region is fortunate to have over 70 dedicated volunteers who generously give their time, skills and resources to our organization.  Victim Services of Waterloo Region volunteers are valued members of our team and are critical to the ongoing success of our agency.  Without the dedication, hard work and commitment of our volunteers, our agency would be unable to serve our community in the great way it does.

Victim Services of Waterloo Region actively recruits and trains qualified volunteers on an annual basis. 

Qualifications:         

  • At least 19 years of age
  • Have valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Email account
  • Cell phone
  • Able to pass an in-depth Waterloo Regional Police check
  • Flexible schedule, nights, days, weekends, holidays
  • Able to respect and maintain confidentiality
  • Exceptional communication and listening skills
  • Empathetic and non-judgemental
  • Additional language is an asset
  • Able to follow all rules & procedures of Victim Services of Waterloo Region

Recruitment Process:

  • Completed volunteer application form
  • Completed Waterloo Regional Police Services personal history form
  • Interview with Victim Services staff member(s)
  • Police & reference checks
  • Invitation to training

** acceptance into the Victim Services volunteer training program does not guarantee that the applicant will be accepted as a volunteer with Victim Services of Waterloo Region.

Training:

  • 60 hours of initial training, this is in-class and online
  • Training topics include domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, mental health, grief & bereavement, cultural diversity, crisis intervention, active listening, human trafficking, along with Victim Service’s policy and procedures
  • Complete an exam to evaluate your understanding of the crisis responder role

Time Commitment:

  • Commit at least one year    
  • Complete four, eight hour shifts per month
  • Attend mandatory volunteer meetings
  • Additional training opportunities offered

 

For more information please contact:

Ashley Hendricks, Volunteer Program Coordinator & Victim Advocate at (519) 650-8500 ext. 6328 or ashley.hendricks@wrps.on.ca.

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