The Peterborough Police Service is thrilled to welcome 15 new members to its Auxiliary Unit.
In the fall of 2018 the Service began a recruitment campaign seeking community-minded individuals from a range of backgrounds and mix of experience to join the Auxiliary Unit.
“We were looking for people who truly have a connection to our community and a real desire to want to give back. Many of the qualities we look for in an auxiliary member are the same qualities we look for in any member that joins our service – a person who is professional, friendly and helpful in all of their interactions with the public, whether on the phone or at the curbside, and understands the philosophy and importance of community policing,” says Inspector John Lyons, Operation Divisions.
Through the recruitment process 15 outstanding individuals were selected. For the past 13 weeks the recruits have undergone extensive 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.
“We are extremely proud of our Auxiliary Unit and the thousands of hours they collectively contribute each year to community safety and wellbeing,” says Inspector Lyons.
“The Auxiliary 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.
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 such as Police Week.
The Auxiliary Unit also provides the award winning Homeguard Inspection program and contributes significantly to the Car Seat Partnership by participating on the Committee and in the child car restraint installation clinics.
In recent years the Auxiliary Unit’s combined volunteer time has surpassed 6,000 hours.
Established in 1999 the Auxiliary Unit is structured like a platoon in the Operations Division with Staff Sergeants, Sergeants, and a number of authorized Constables.
In 2018 the Auxiliary Unit was comprised of 20 members (Two Staff Sergeants, three Sergeants and 15 constables). Due to attrition in the Unit this number was down significantly from the authorized strength of 35 members.
“The Auxiliary Unit is a vital part of the service we provide to the City of Peterborough, Village of Lakefield and Township of Cavan Monaghan. We are thrilled the Unit is back to its full strength, which means even more volunteer hours dedicated to our communities.
Members of the media are cordially invited to attend the auxiliary graduation ceremony
Monday May 27, 2019 beginning at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Adam Scott Collegiate, 175 Langton Street, Peterborough.