Auxiliary OPP was originally formed in 1960 by an Order-in-Council.
Prior to that it was known as the Emergency Measures Organization who were
trained in crowd control and first aid in the event of a nuclear attack
The EMO transferred over to the OPP and known as Auxiliary.
Program was managed by the OPP and its members in the early years
helped at community events and patrolled with regular OPP members
an audit in 1988 a number of recommendations were made and in 1991 they
became self-directed and the Commissioner appointed Aux Chief
Superintendent Terry Harkins as its Executive Director; Provincial
Commander of the OPP Auxiliary.
volunteer component developed and included ranks, positions, promotional
processes that mirrored the regular OPP structure.
the new organization the Auxiliary took on the responsibility for
standardized selection process and training of its members.
Auxiliary OPP uniform differs only in the light blue shirt they wear as
opposed to the dark blue shirt worn by regular OPP members and all
components of their outwear bear insignia identifying them as Auxiliary/Auxiliare
1997 GATB (General Aptitude Test Battery) and Psychological Testing of new
auxiliary recruits commenced.
of the auxiliary are unpaid and receive some compensation for travel and
meals. Their membership consists of people from diverse backgrounds and
civilian occupations including members of the military, lawyers, pilots,
farmers, paramedics, bus drivers, nurses, electricians, carpenters,
mechanics, homemakers, private businesspeople to name a few.
requirements are: Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada,
minimum age of 18 years, Ontario Secondary School Graduation diploma or
equivalent, have standard First Aid, mentally and physically able to
perform duties of auxiliary member, possess a valid driver's license, good
driving records and successfully complete the interview process.
duties are endless but include traffic control, ground security at major
events, doing surveys, seat belt clinics, assisting on RIDE initiatives,
bicycle inspections and rodeos, assisting at safety displays and
presentations, foot and road patrols with regular members, accompanying
regular members on marine and snow vehicle patrol, victim assistance,
tagging evidence, ceremonial duties, search and rescue to name a few.
2000 almost all-available Auxiliary OPP were placed on stand-by during
Y2K and were prepared to assist where necessary.
Auxiliary were placed on emergency stand-by for post Sept 11th planning.
1998 the Ice Storm in East Ontario
utilized auxiliary members in providing assistance to stranded persons
without power. The use of their civilian occupations played a significant
part by providing medical services, mechanics, electricians etc to aid
people getting the lives back to normal.
- The OPP Auxiliary are governed by a Mission Statement agreed to by its
Executive Director, the Commissioner, the Ontario Provincial Police
Association and the Commissioned Officers Association to provide fully trained volunteer auxiliary members to perform police
duties only in special circumstances, including an emergency, that the
police officers of the OPP are not sufficiently numerous to deal with.
- It is recognized that the Auxiliary OPP shall not be utilized to replace regular members in any duties, training must occur for auxiliary personnel to a level to provide necessary skills to safely fulfill the requirements of their mandate under the Police Services Act, and that they participate within those duties which enhance community policing efforts, crime prevention programs, and public service as opposed to direct police service delivery.