Kingston Police Celebrate Community Volunteers During Police Week
It’s National Police Week and the Kingston Police recognize the efforts of the Kingston Police Community Volunteers (KPCV), who have supported the community for 26 years.
“As Kingston Police recognize Police Week 2022, we reflect on the multitude of actions being taken locally to help people in our community and neighborhoods be better prepared to respond to unexpected events, such as the pandemic, and better position themselves for a more sustainable future,” Kingston Police said in a news release.
This upcoming May long weekend marks the KPCV serving the Kingston community for 26 years. According to the statement, during these 26 years, the KPCV has grown from 20 members to 70 volunteers. Prior to the pandemic, the KPCV averaged 6,000-7,000 hours a year of community volunteering. Police said a typical year, before the pandemic, would also see the KPCV attend more than 100 special events in the Kingston area and conduct general eye and ear patrols throughout the community.
“The KPCV is available 24/7 to respond to citywide emergencies and has been involved in such memorable events as the ice storm in 1998 and the widespread power outage in 2003,” Kingston police said. “They were also involved in high-profile missing persons searches, including the search for Patty Ann Killingbeck which lasted over five years.”
According to the statement, the KPCV has been incredibly involved in community service events including the Special Olympics, Ride for Dad, Police Memorial Runs and many other charity walks and runs throughout the city where they have provided a safe passage for participants.
Kingston Police said they are extremely proud of the accomplishments of the KPCV over the past 26 years and, during this week in particular, wish to express their sincere gratitude for the selflessness and dedication the organization has provided to our community.
“Our KPCV members are an indispensable resource and it is important that they receive the recognition they undoubtedly deserve.”