The Niagara Regional Police Service is currently recruiting volunteers to become auxiliary police officers.
Auxiliary members provide a very valuable volunteer service to the Niagara Regional Police Service and their Community. Each member receives extensive training relating to the powers and duties of a police officer including Criminal Code and Provincial Offences Legislation, Use of Force, First Aid & CPR, Search & Rescue and Traffic Control.
The Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) Auxiliary Unit is a group of community volunteers who are dedicated to serving their community. Members of the Auxiliary do not have police powers and must rely on the same laws of arrest given to the public.
In situations where the NRPS need more officers to control a special event, disaster or other emergency situations as deemed by the Chief of Police, auxiliary officers may be given the same arrest authority as police officers.
Steps to becoming an NRPS Auxiliary Officer:
1. Testing consists of GATB (General Aptitude Test Battery), spelling test, and written comprehension testing. (Applicants are shown a video, and a brief report is written by the candidate)
2. If successful candidates will go on to a fitness test the following week.
- Fitness test consists of pushups (as many as one can do), sit and reach (flexibility) and then core endurance (trunk flex - for as long as one can hold). After this the shuttle run is done. A pass is 75 percent overall.
3. If successful with the fitness test, the candidate goes on to an interview with a panel of Auxiliary members and NRPS recruiting staff.
4. The candidate will then take part in a psychological testing and take part in a medical.
5. If successful with the interview, a thorough background is check is done, including a driving history, contacting of references, employment support, etc.
Testing occurs once a year, each January.
Auxiliary officers have the same uniform as police officers, but do not carry pepper spray, gun or conducted energy weapon. They will have the word Auxiliary Officer above the police badge on either shoulder. The auxiliary officer's hat has a checkered pattern on it as opposed to solid red stripe.
Quite often Auxiliary is used as a stepping stone into the policing field. It is not a mandatory route to take, but it offers insight into the policing career, and is a valuable tool for gaining experience in such.
There is no compensation to Auxiliary Officers in any sense.
Auxiliary Officers are expected to put in 16 volunteer hours each month, which includes a mandatory 4 hours per month of training. Many Auxiliary put in excess.
If an Auxiliary Officer wants to be an officer, there is a whole different testing/hiring process, some of which may be transferable, but the majority of it has to be redone.
The training schedule is very demanding (6 weeks of every Saturday and Sunday for 8 hours plus every Tuesday night for 4 hours) . Training includes, use of force, powers of arrest, learning about the different units within the Police Service.
Many training opportunities are available to our auxiliary officers to ensure they have the most recent understanding of laws and safety. Currently serving auxiliaries also participate in annual requalification in firearms and use of force.
New recruits are expected to attend all mandatory training sessions at the beginning of their auxiliary career in order to graduate from the program.
After the training a formal graduation takes place, where they are officially sworn in as Auxiliary Officers.
Can you make the commitment?
The NRPS only wants the best. Can you commit the time and effort required of the program? Do you have what it takes? If so, apply today and be a part of the greatest team around!