The Yarmouth RCMP are involved in many community organizations such as Yarmouth Minor Hockey, Yarmouth Big Brothers & Big Sisters, School Advisory Councils, and Yarmouth Special Olympics. As well, throughout the year, Yarmouth RCMP officers volunteer with events such as the annual Seafest Parade, Yarmouth High School Graduation, Burridge Campus Graduation and Remembrance Day Ceremonies.
Here are the community programs and initiatives that are available:
- Adopt-a-Library Literacy/Wow Reading Program: This program is offered by the Community Policing Officer who has partnered with the local library in providing this program to all elementary students in the Town of Yarmouth. The program promotes community policing through social development, fighting crime one book at a time.
- Anti-Bullying: This initiative uses a combination of presentations and videos at elementary schools to discuss bullying, its effects, and ways to prevent it.
- Auxiliary Constable Program: Auxiliary Constables are unpaid community volunteers who receive specialized training and support regular members in operational policing duties.
- Buckle Up Bears – Child Restraint Inspection Program: The Yarmouth RCMP formed a partnership with the Co-operators Insurance company to bring this program to our communities. Inspection clinics are held by community volunteers who have received training and conduct these free inspections to the families in Yarmouth. A number of RCMP members are trained inspectors and provide their time to this community-based initiative.
- Club Drugs "The Real Deal": A substance Abuse Program provided to all grade 11 students at the Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School. This program gives the students factual information and the consequences/effects of recreational drugs, presented by the Community Policing Officer.
- Crime Prevention Association: The RCMP works closely with the Yarmouth Town & County Crime Prevention Association (YTCCPA) to promote awareness through education and forming partnerships within the communities to help reduce crime opportunities. The association supports a variety of projects/initiatives including D.A.R.E./Seniors Safety and the Child Safety Coloring Book. The YTCCPA meet monthly on the last Wednesday of each month (except in December, July, and August) at 7:00 pm at the Yarmouth Superstore community room.
- Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.): The Yarmouth RCMP and the Tri-County Regional School Board offer the ten-week D.A.R.E. Program to all grade 6 students at the three elementary schools in the Town of Yarmouth. D.A.R.E. is an internationally recognized program which provides youth with valuable information and skills needed to live drug- and violence-free.
- Elmer the Safety Elephant Program: This is a bicycle safety education program designed to teach children general bike safety and rules of the road. This program is delivered by the Yarmouth Community Policing Coordinator in the schools and the Parents Place "Ready Set Go Program."
- Fatal Vision "Goggles " Program: A program against driving while impaired (DWI) in partnership with the Yarmouth Rotary Club is provided to all grade 10 students at the Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School. This program is delivered by the Community Policing Coordinator.
- M.A.D.D. (Yarmouth Chapter): The Yarmouth RCMP are pleased to partner with the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Joint projects include the Red Ribbon Campaign, The Walk for Strides for Change and the Multi-Media Presentations to the youth of the communities.
- Restorative Justice – Bringing Restorative Justice To Schools: The Yarmouth RCMP support the new and promising approach to using restorative practices within a school setting. This is a innovative way in dealing with school related discipline issues/minor offences. The Yarmouth Community Policing Coordinator is a board member of the Tri-County Restorative Justice Society.
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