The Timmins Police Service is looking for a few good people to join the ranks of their Auxiliary Unit.
Police spokesperson Marc Depatie says they are looking for about five new recruits.
“We would rather have quality over quantity. These people are representing our police service in the duties they assume. We want someone mature, professional, with a sense of community, and someone who appreciates that volunteering serves as its own reward.”
He admits some of the work involved isn’t glamorous, but it is important to the success of solving crimes.
“Some of it is rather thankless if you are guarding a crime scene all night. But in terms of contributing to evidence preservation and sparing a scene from being contaminated, the value of the work can’t be measured,” he says. “It’s very important.”
Auxiliary officers are also in attendance at many community events and carry some of the weight in terms of public relations. Depatie says training is taken care of in-house and there are some prerequisites for applicants.
“You have to be 18 years of age or older, a Canadian citizen with no criminal record, have a good moral standing within the community, those sorts of things,” he says. “They are given cursory training on a number of fronts like how to direct traffic and learning the answers to basic questions about law enforcement.”
He adds auxiliary officers rarely work without members of the service, but the training is viewed as an investment in making them successful.
More information including www.timminspolice.ca under the Policing Services tab.