Vancouver police accepting applications for NOW Academy Free

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Assistant Metro Editor Published: February 7, 2023, 6:00am

The Vancouver Police Department is accepting applications for its Neighbors On Watch training academy, which runs April 20 to May 25. During the six-week academy, participants will meet once per week to learn a variety of skills, including how to be a good witness, observation skills, CPR and more, according to a news release. NOW volunteers gain insight on crime trends and police priorities, learn from experts and work with Vancouver police. They participate in “highly visible and nonconfrontational” patrols throughout the city, the news release states. Volunteers have assisted with recovery of stolen vehicles, implementation of the Out of State License Plate Program and respond to call-outs to help locate missing people and evidence. They also assist with administrative projects that support the Backgrounds, Logistics, Training and Traffic units. Opportunities include outreach event assistance, delivering inter-office mail, and short-term and long-term projects that suit all skills and physical abilities, the agency said. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, live within Vancouver city limits and pass a thorough background investigation. Applications for NOW Academy #23 are due by March 13. For more information, contact Vancouver Police Department Volunteer Coordinator Jordan Macfarlane at

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