Auxiliaries are uniformed but unarmed and serve as sworn peace officers supporting the staff and regular members of the Coquitlam RCMP. The Auxiliary Program is one of the most intensive volunteer programs we run.
Before they are sworn in and eligible to wear the uniform, Auxiliary applicants go through a rigorous security clearance process and complete 160 hours of training covering topics like;
- Basic law and police procedure.
- Community policing concepts.
- Effective communications and presentation skills.
- Basic self-defense and first aid.
- Police techniques and "foot drill".
After successfully completing training and passing written and practical exams, new Auxiliaries are sworn in as peace officers at a ceremony attended by family, friends and Coquitlam RCMP team members.
After graduation, each Auxiliary must log 160 volunteer hours each year for two years to stay in good standing in the program. It isn’t hard for auxiliaries to accumulate hours because their specialized skills and training are in high demand for duties such as:
- Bike and foot patrols to support crime prevention and police enforcement projects.
- Outreach and education at large community events as well as in smaller organized setting such as safety talks for seniors or school kids.
- Security and traffic control at community celebrations like Canada Day.
Auxiliaries also get the opportunity to create special projects that make use of their unique skills and interests to support the Coquitlam RCMP’s policing priorities.
It sounds like a big commitment. And it is. But every one of our active Auxiliaries would say the rewards are worth it. Many of them are planning careers in law enforcement or the justice system and more than a few are currently civilian staff with the Coquitlam RCMP.
Volunteer with the Auxiliary Program
No new applications are being accepted at this time.
Interested in applying to become an Auxiliary? You must be:
- At least 19 years old with a valid BC Driver’s License.
- Willing and able to pass an RCMP security screening.
- Proficient in English and/or French.
- A high school graduate.
- A Canadian citizen.
- Physically fit and able to attend all required training.
- Willing to commit to at least 160 volunteer hours per year for 2 years.
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