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 opportunities. 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

Historically, we look for Auxiliary Constable applicants in the fall each year, and all future opportunities will be visible on our website under Current Job Opportunities. Please feel free to set up your online profile today in preparation for your submission.

For information on the Auxiliary program, contact Auxiliary Coordinator, Cst. Ron Nichols, at 519-570-9777 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:

Elected Voting Members 

President: Kevin Burrows 

Vice-President: Christine Collins 

Past-President: Yves Savard 

Sergeant-at-Arms: John Van Osch 

Treasurer: Bob Missere  

Secretary: Angie White   

Emcee & Quartermaster: Carlo Perrotta  

Quartermaster: Gloria Scheerer 

Information Officer: Larry Missere  

Booking Officer: Don Elliott  

Member At Large: Fred Gregory  

Member At Large: Joe MacDonald   

Member At Large: Derek Wallace   

Non-Voting Executive Members, employed by the Police Service: 

Chorus Manager: Bob Brown 

Music Director: Natalie Robinson 

Accompanist: Sheila Wallace 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the requirements?
You must be 16 years of age or older (members 16 & 17 years old require parental consent), have a good moral character and be free from criminal convictions or negative police contact. 
What is the commitment?
Members must attend a set number of practices and performances througout the year including parades and concerts.
Do I need to be a Police Officer to be a band member?
No.  You do not need to be a member of the police service to join the band.  Members are volunteers from the community at large and the police service.
What type of performances does the band do?
The band performs in street parades, memorial services, military tattoos and concerts.
What level of musician do I need to be?
There is a large variety of skill level within the band, but we suggest a high school level of musicianship. 
When and where are band rehearsals?
Band rehearsals are Monday evenings 7:30-9:00 p.m., at the Waterloo Regional Police Headquarters, located at 200 Maple Grove Road, Cambridge.  The band has marching rehearsals approximately once per month which take place in a larger facility within the region. 
Are musical instruments provided by the band?
Most musicians typically own and bring their own instrument.  There are a few musical instruments owned by the band and with approval can be lent out to band members.
What if I don’t play a musical instrument but want to be part of the band?
The band also features a precision rifle drill team and colour party.  All drill movements are undertaken in accordance to the Canadian Forces Drill Manual.  If you have an interest in the riftle drill team or colour party and don't have any experience, we can train you. The rifle drill team and colour party rehearse along with the band. 
How Do I Join?
Send an email to band@wrps.on.ca and a band member will invite you to attend one of our practices.  You will have the opportunity to play with the band during four different practices. If you decide that this is a volunteer opportunity for you, you will be given an application form.  Once approved, you will receive your WRPS Band uniform and be a proud member of the WRPS Ceremonial Band.   
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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