Becoming an Auxiliary Officer – Cobourg Police now accepting applications

The Cobourg Police Service (CPS) is looking for motivated and engaged individuals to join the CPS Auxiliary Unit. The recruitment period will run from October 15 to October 29, 2021.

The CPS auxiliary members, a complement of 14 citizens from all walks of life, work alongside sworn officers and special constables to provide much-needed services to Cobourg residents. They serve the community in a volunteer capacity, collectively giving more than 4,000 hours of their time every year. Most hold full-time jobs in completely unrelated fields, choosing to give back to the community by joining CPS. They bring their diverse skills and talents to the job and play a key role in the Cobourg Police Service’s innovative tiered policing model.

The Auxiliary Unit’s primary responsibility is running crime prevention initiatives and providing support to police officers in their daily duties. Tasks include:

  • Crime prevention initiatives
    • Lock it or Lose it
    • Car Seat Clinics
    • CPTED audits (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
  • Proactive community patrols (on foot, bike, and Segway)
  • Assist with community response initiatives
  • Community event and large-scale event support

Under Chief Paul VandeGraaf’s direction, the CPS Auxiliary Unit was one of the only auxiliary teams in Ontario that remained fully active during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. Auxiliary members not only maintained their regular duties but were also called on to support emergency efforts and large-scale projects, helping protect the community during an uncertain time.

From conducting additional community patrols to the setup of the Relief Base Camp for Frontline Medical Workers and First Responders to supporting the Cobourg’s Mass Vaccination Clinic at the Cobourg Community Centre, this motivated group supported pandemic response in a major way.

“Our tiered policing model has allowed us to continue to serve the community at a high level, even in a pandemic,” says Chief Paul VandeGraaf, Cobourg Police Service. “By mobilizing our auxiliary unit, we were able to address each call for service while ensuring that investigations, court security, awareness and educational initiatives, and community partnerships did not suffer. We could not do what we do without our dedicated auxiliary members.”

The Auxiliary Unit has won several awards under the leadership of Auxiliary Superintendent Duncan Walker. Most recently, the Distinguished Civic Award for Community Service was awarded to the auxiliary team by the Town of Cobourg at the 19th Annual Civic Awards.

Tho­se interested in learning more about the role and duties of a CPS Auxiliary member are invited to visit cobourgpoliceservice.com. A general information session will take place the week of October 18 to October 22. Details about the session will be provided on the CPS Facebook page.  

To apply, please contact Auxiliary Superintendent Duncan Walker at Duncan.walker@cobourgpolice.com.

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