OPP Searching For New Auxiliary Members

Essex County OPP are looking to add new members to its Auxiliary Unit.

Constable Jim Root says the search is needed after some of the auxiliary members were hired on as regular duty officers.

Root says in Essex County the Auxiliary Unit is a 40-member team, providing more than 10,000 hours annually of service.

He says the unit is relied upon to help assist OPP officers.

"They come out and they'll attend at special functions, community events.  They help a lot of times with traffic control, parades — they do general ride alongs with the officers both during the day and night shifts," says Root.

He says there is a week of training for new auxiliary recruits at OPP Headquarters in Orillia followed by ongoing training for the following ten months.

"If they're successful we do quite a bit of extensive training," says Root. "It's a really rewarding position. I know several current and past auxiliary members that stayed with the unit in excess of 10, 15, 20 years."

Root says the auxiliary members province a valuable service.

"We've been lucky here, not just in Essex County, but provincially, to have a longstanding auxiliary program," says Root.

He says it's a great way to give back.

Auxiliary Unit members help with community events, seat belt clinics, RIDE initiatives as well as ceremonial duties and presentations.

For those looking to apply, head to the OPP.ca.