No police force can carry out its mandate without the assistance and cooperation of other individuals and agencies. The Kingston Police are fortunate to enjoy an excellent rapport with community partners too numerous to mention, but members of one community group are inextricably connected to the Kingston Police: the Kingston Police Community Volunteers.
Initially starting with 25 members in 1996, the group now maintains approximately fifty volunteers. Its mandate is to provide the Kingston Police with an enhanced community involvement, as well as to provide a wide variety of duties as required. In a number of patrols, volunteer members have located stolen vehicles and property, assisted in accident scenes, conducted searches for missing persons, located intoxicated drivers, assisted in searching for evidence at crime scenes, and prevented public access to criminal standoffs. In all of these instances, by providing direct support to the uniformed officers, the volunteers have allowed the officers to concentrate on their front-line tasks.
The volunteers have also facilitated community outreach, by conducting child identification clinics, child car seat inspections, and station tours and by assisting with major events and parades. They have also assumed the collection of abandoned bicycles, thereby relieving front‑line officers of this task.