It’s National Police Week, and Kingston Police are recognizing the efforts of the Kingston Police Community Volunteers (KPCV), who have supported the community for 26 years.
“As the Kingston Police recognize Police Week 2022, we reflect on the multitude of actions taken locally to help people within our community and neighbourhoods become better prepared to respond to unexpected events, such as the pandemic, and better positioned for a more sustainable future,” Kingston Police said in a media release.
This coming May long weekend marks the KPCV serving the Kingston community for the past 26 years. According to the release, over those 26 years the KPCV have grown from 20 members to 70 volunteers. Prior to the pandemic the KPCV averaged 6,000 to 7,000 hours per year of volunteering within the community. Police said that a usual year, pre-pandemic, would also see the KPCV attending over 100 special events in the Kingston area as well as conducting general eyes and ears patrols throughout the community.
“The KPCV is on call 24/7 to respond to city-wide emergencies and have attended to assist with such memorable events as the ice storm in 1998 and the widespread power outage in 2003,” Kingston Police said. “They have also assisted in high profile missing person searches, most notably the search for Patty Ann Killingbeck which spanned over five years.”
According to the release, the KPCV have been incredibly involved with community service events including the Special Olympics, Ride for Dad, Police Memorial runs and many other charitable walks and runs throughout the city where they have provided safe passage for the participants.
Kingston Police said they are extremely proud of the accomplishments of the KPCV over the past 26 years and, during this week especially, wish to express their sincere gratitude for the selflessness and dedication that the organization has brought to our community.
“Our KPCV members are an indispensable resource and it is important that they receive the recognition they so undoubtedly deserve.”