The following is a message from Kingston Police, thanking Kingston Police Community Volunteers (KPCV) during National Volunteer Week.
This year’s theme for National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2021 is The Value of One, The Power of Many.
As the Kingston Police recognize the collective efforts of volunteers, 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 this past year’s pandemic, and better positioned for a more sustainable future.
Kingston Police wishes to specifically recognize the continuing altruistic efforts of the Kingston Police Community Volunteers (KPCV). This May marks a major milestone for the KPCV. They will have been serving the Kingston community for 25 years. Over those 25 years the KPCV have grown from 20 members to 70 volunteers. Prior to the pandemic the KPCV averaged 6,000-7,000 hours per year of volunteering within the community. 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. They have also assisted in high profile missing person searches, most notably the search for Patty Ann Killingbeck which spanned over five years.
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 is extremely proud of the accomplishments of the KPCV over this past quarter century 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 volunteers, which also include the incredibly talented Kingston Police Pipe Band, are an indispensable resource and it is important that they receive the recognition they so undoubtedly deserve. Happy National Volunteer Week 2021!