Vancouver Police Host Graduation for NOW Volunteers

Press Release Date:
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

On May 27, 2014, the Vancouver Police Department will hold a 'graduation' ceremony for 13 citizen volunteers who have completed eight weeks of specialized training to become a NOW (Neighbors On Watch) volunteer.

The graduation will be held:
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Police West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd)

The NOW program, developed by the Vancouver Police Department, is a vital component to community policing. Ten of the 13 graduates will merge into the VPD NOW program and three will become volunteers for the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

NOW is a high-visibility, non-confrontational, crime prevention and detection program. In order to graduate, volunteers successfully completed training in the following areas:

* Observation skills
* Police radio communication and etiquette
* Patrol procedures and rules of conduct
* Personal safety
* Crime prevention and detection
* Incident reporting and information gathering
* Phonetic alphabet
* City and Department operating principles
* Media relations
* First Aid, CPR & AED
* Criminal law

Neighbors On Watch volunteers patrol neighborhoods, parks, trails, and retail/business areas, keeping an eye out for suspicious activity or problem areas which they then report to the police for follow-up. Volunteers will patrol in pairs by walking, biking, or driving. Trained NOW members also assist their respective police department with flyer distributions for detectives, canvassing for missing children and vulnerable adults, and special projects. Patrollers wear clothing that identifies them as a volunteer with the NOW program.

Members of the media are welcome to attend the graduation ceremony. Staff from the Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff's Office will be available to discuss the program.

For more information on the NOW program visit the Neighbors On Watch page or contact Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Mott at (360) 487-7467.