Auxiliary Unit

Community Policing

We are extremely proud of our Auxiliary Policing Unit and appreciate all the volunteer hours they contribute and dedicate to public safety. Established in 1999, the Unit epitomises the community policing philosophy, particularly Sir Robert Peel’s principle “the Police are the public and the public are the Police”.

Auxiliary Constable Don Parnell and Auxiliary Constable Denise Griffin standing next to each other in Del Crary Park.
  • Auxiliary officers serve the community in a volunteer capacity.  Most hold full-time jobs in completely unrelated fields, choosing to give back to the community by joining our Service.
  • Check “Recruitment” on our Home page to see if we are accepting applications for the Auxiliary Unit. Learn more about recruitment.
  • The Auxiliary Unit is structured like a platoon in the Operations Division with Staff Sergeants, Sergeants, and a number of authorized Constables.
  • In 2016 the Auxiliary Unit was comprised of 22 Constables with two Staff Sergeants and three Sergeants.
  • Auxiliary Officers must successfully complete intensive training that includes developing an understanding of the various duties performed in policing, including (but not limited to): federal, provincial and municipal laws, use of force techniques, mental health procedures, and crime prevention strategies.
  • Auxiliary Officers are required to perform a minimum of twelve hours of volunteer duties per month.  Duties include assisting on patrol, traffic/pedestrian control at parades and events, and community events (i.e. Police Week).
  • In recent years the Auxiliary Unit’s combined volunteer time has surpassed 6,000 hours.
  • The Auxiliary Unit provides the Homeguard Inspection program.  The Unit also contributes significantly to the Car Seat Partnership by participating on the Committee and in the child car restraint installation clinics. The Unit also completed 44 Homeguard Inspections In 2016, the Unit complete 27 Homeguard Inspections.

2016 Overview: 

The volunteer hours for 2016 by members of the Auxiliary Unit total 3,292 hours. This is slightly lower from the 2015 record of 3,805 hours for a number of reasons including some members who were away for medical and personal reasons as well as a couple of resignations.

Events and functions attended by Auxiliary Unit members in 2016:

• Ninety-one (91) ride-a-longs on patrol with uniformed officers
• Twenty-seven (27) Homeguard Inspections, including Safe and Sound for Seniors Program
• Auxiliary Officers delivered and returned the Command Post for events including Music Fest at Crary Park on Wednesdays and Saturday evenings throughout the summer and one major event in Lakefield.

Auxiliary officers also participated in numerous charity events, parades and sporting events for traffic and pedestrian control. These events include:

• Cops for Cancer events & Pedal for Hope Tour
• Cops n Bobbers Fishing event
• Lakefield Fair
• Handbags for Hospice
• Dragon Boat Festival
• July 1st Canada Day parade
• Winter YMCA ½ Marathon
• Huntington Society Awareness Walk
• Victoria Day Fireworks
• Fleming College neighborhood canvass
• Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics events
• Assist Community Services Unit with cram a cruiser, safety patrol picnic
• Remembrance Day Parades
• Baby car seat clinic training
• Walk a Mile in Her Shoes for YWCA parade
• Knights of Columbus Police Appreciation night
• St. Patrick’s Day Parade
• Head of Trent
• Training with regular members with in-service use of force training & Simunition scenario training with ERT
• PARN Pride Parade
• CIBC Run for the Cure
• Lock it Lose it campaign at Lansdowne Place mall for Christmas season
• Security for Police auction at station
• Santa Claus Parade