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25 years of the auxiliary program: Saint John Police

By Regis Phillips May 31, 2024 | 6:53 AM

The Saint John Police Force started its auxiliary program in 1999.

Now 25 years later, Acting Staff Sgt. Matthew Weir says the program makes a difference in the community.

“You can see that on a daily basis when you’re working on the frontline and out on patrol. You’re called to assist people in their time of crisis and you get to go and help them with that. So you certainly see the difference that you make in people’s lives,” said Weir.

Weir also said two officers on the police force started with the inaugural auxiliary program.

The auxiliary program is made up of community members who are trained and equipped to help the police in a variety of ways. This includes patrol services, attending all training functions, and maintaining requirements as defined by the NB Police Act.

Auxiliary police members have all of the authority, privileges, rights, and immunities of a peace officer when working under the supervision of a regular member of the force.

Some minimum requirements Weir listed to become a candidate include being in good physical shape, a valid Canadian driver’s license, and having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Guiding principles of the auxiliary program of the Saint John Police Force include:

  1. Values – The fundamental value system revolves around integrity, authenticity, respect, and professionalism
  2. Accountability – Auxiliary Members are accountable to the members and communities they serve
  3. Partnership – Continue to provide a unique channel between the community and the police
  4. Commitment – Show passion for service excellence and delivering value to the organization and communities they serve