Auxiliary Unit

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Peterborough Police Auxiliary Unit

Auxiliary member shaking hands with woman outside Millbrook cafe.

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 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.

2018 Overview: 


The members of our Auxiliary Unit are a vital part of the service we provide to the City of Peterborough, Village of Lakefield and Township of Cavan Monaghan. Established in 1999, our Service is extremely proud of the value added to the community by the volunteer members of this Unit that epitomizes the community policing philosophy of “the police are the public and the public are the police.”
In 2018 the Unit was comprised of 20 members which included two Staff Sergeants, three Sergeants and 15 constables. All members of the Auxiliary Unit are volunteers.
Due to attrition in the Unit this number was down significantly from the authorized strength of 35 members.
As a result, in 2018 a recruitment and selection campaign took place looking for new members representing a diverse cross section of our community.
In 2018, members contributed a total 2,963 hours towards a number of community events. In years past, volunteer hours have been as high as 6,000 hours.
Our Service is hopeful that once the Auxiliary Unit’s strength is increased to its full strength the community will again see this level of service.
Auxiliary Officers participated in numerous charity events, parades and sporting events for traffic/pedestrian control in 2018 including: Cops for Cancer events, the Pedal for Hope Tour, Cops n’ Bobbers Fishing event, Handbags for Hospice, the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival, Canada Day parade, Head of the Trent Homecoming Event and the Cram-A-Cruiser Event for Kawartha Food Share.

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