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.
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
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.
- Their duties are endless but include patrols with regular members, ground security at major events, doing surveys, seat belt clinics, assisting on RIDE initiatives, bicycle inspections and rodeos, assisting at safety displays and presentations, victim assistance, and ceremonial duties to name a few.
2000 almost all-available Auxiliary OPP were placed on stand-by during
Y2K and were prepared to assist where necessary.
- In 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.
Auxiliary were placed on emergency stand-by for post-Sept. 11th planning.
- 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.