The Owen Sound Police Service is looking for more volunteer auxiliary members.
Inspector Dave Bishop says, "In many areas, including in Owen Sound, we can't function without the auxiliary. We can on a normal day, but when you get into Santa Claus parades and special events and those sorts of things where staffing needs are magnified, we rely very heavily on the volunteer auxiliary."
The Auxiliary allows police to provide the services many residents want, but without volunteers, would not be easy to afford. That includes auxiliary members to run food drives, lost kids booths at events, parades, or to help officers on their shifts.
On average, Owen Sound has roughly 25 volunteer auxiliary members.
Meanwhile, Police Chief Craig Ambrose encourages interested people to consider the Auxiliary, "It's a great volunteer opportunity for anybody who's interested. You get supplied with training you get insight and knowledge into what goes on in the police department. You get involved in special events within the city."
Ambrose notes, some auxiliary members later become police officers with the Owen Sound Police, "It's a great eye opener. It gives people a realistic idea of what goes on within the police environment. The other opportunity is you can go on ride-alongs with officers once you're an auxiliary member," says Ambrose.
The application deadline is November 15th at noon.
If accepted, there is a two month training period of about 14 evenings and one Saturday. It starts in February 2020.
Police say you can direct your resume to the attention of:
Craig S. Ambrose
Chief of Police
Owen Sound Police Service
922 2nd Avenue West,
Owen Sound, Ontario, N4K 4M7
For further information contact Sergeant Sullivan at (519) 376-1234 ext. 156 or [email protected]