Auxiliary Unit

We are recruiting!

The Peterborough Police Service is currently accepting applications for its Auxiliary Policing Unit.

“The members of our Auxiliary Unit are an integral part of our Service. The enhancement these dedicated volunteers bring to our Service is phenomenal. They are value added to our organization,” says Inspector Neil Collins, Operations, Peterborough Police Service.

The Auxiliary Unit, currently comprised of 18 constables, two Staff Sergeants and three Sergeants, is overseen by the Operations Division of the Peterborough Police Service.

Each year the members of the Unit volunteer thousands of hours to the communities of the City of Peterborough, the Ward of Lakefield and the Township of Cavan Monaghan.

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.

Their role with our Service includes: assisting at parades, special events and with our R.I.D.E programs, providing information on crime prevention and facilitating crime preventions programs such as the Homeguard Inspection Program, conducting car seat installations and working alongside our frontline officers during regular police patrols.

Auxiliary officers also participated in numerous charity events in 2017 including Pedal for Hope, Torch Run for Special Olympics, Cram-A-Cruiser, Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival, Kids n’ Cops Fishing Day in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters Peterborough and the Lock-it-or-lose it holiday campaign in partnership with Lansdowne Place Mall.

Auxiliary members are selected on the basis of their ability to complete the training program and their availability for service throughout the year. Members must volunteer a minimum of 12 hours each month, attend regular in-service training sessions and commit to a two year volunteer term.

Initial training consist of classroom instruction, such as, powers of arrest and criminal code, physical restraining methods and firearms qualification. Although auxiliary members are not issued firearms, they must be capable of handling a firearm in extraordinary or critical circumstances.

The Peterborough Police Service is hosting an Auxiliary Recruitment Information Session on Tuesday September 25, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 317 Hunter Street West, Peterborough.

The closing date for applications is October 26, 2018.

Recruitment Information – Auxiliary Unit

Recruitment Application Form – Auxiliary Unit

Please drop off your completed documentation to: Attention: Human Resources

Peterborough Police Service, 500 Water Street,

P.O. Box 2050, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7Y4

Closing Date: Friday October 26, 2018 

Peterborough Police Auxiliary Unit

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 2017 the Auxiliary Unit was comprised of 21 members (Two Staff Sergeants, two Sergeants and 17 constables).
  • 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.

2017 Overview: 

In 2017 members of the Auxiliary Unit volunteered 2,953 hours collectively. This is slightly lower from the 2016 total of 3,292 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 2017:

• 106 ride-a-longs on patrol with uniformed officers
• 62 car seat installations
• 17  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