Auxiliary Officers

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Expanding on a concept mentioned elsewhere, is the option of auxiliary or “reserve” police officers. As the primary setting is North America, a middle ground between Canada and their US counterparts could be found in a number of ways, such as prohibiting the use of firearms. and instead utilising less-lethal weapons. Training incoming auxiliaries would be broken down to require more expenditure to educate them to perform tasks regular officers can already perform. This would require balance between spending and need, such as freeing up officers to deal with violent crime by handling quality-of-life complaints. Training components could include the ability to make arrests, issue ordinance citations, or traffic enforcement. Specific vehicles could be designated as auxiliary vehicles, without ELS where auxiliary officers do not have emergency vehicle operations education.

Additionally, distinctive uniform items or alternations could be made available only for auxiliary officers. These could include distinctive colors, trouser striping, or hat bands, specially shaped badges, distinctive wording on jackets, ballistic vests or rockers.

Recruitment would also rely on the public perception levels of the police and crime rate to attract applicants. Less flexible and/or fluctuating availability hours of volunteers would require balance and attention to demand to cover crime spikes, incidents or events .Opening the ability to recruit auxiliary officers could require approval and/or require the authorisation of the mayor to activate auxiliary officers for individual events or incidents (as in Pennsylvania, for example). Either option would engage the Chief-Mayor relationship dynamic. Factors such as over-deployment or excessive training (or otherwise requiring significant activity within a limited space of time), increased violent crime coupled with poor police perception, or repeated incidents of injured auxiliary officers could also cause withdraw due to fear of violence.