Ontario Provincial Police in Hawkesbury looking for auxiliary members

Ontario Provincial Police in Hawkesbury looking for auxiliary members
Ontario Provincial Police in Hawkesbury looking for auxiliary members

The Hawkesbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is looking for volunteers to participate in the Auxiliary Police Program. Auxiliary members can support police officers in their work, particularly during community engagements and even during patrols.

There PPO has approximately 530 auxiliaries across Ontario. Currently, there are only two auxiliaries in Hawkesbury. The detachment is therefore in recruitment mode, since it would like to have around ten to ensure the well-being of the community.

The agent Sydney Jones, who takes care of the community safety component at the Hawkesbury detachment, emphasizes that summer is always a busy time. As there are many community activities, police officers need the support of auxiliary members.

Auxiliaries do not have the same powers as police officers, but they can support them in certain situations.

They assist officers on the road. It can be for community events, like seat belt programs we do on the roadexplains the agent Sydney Jones. These volunteers can also, for example, help raise awareness among young people in schools.

It’s a very special opportunity to go into the community and see the community members from a very different perspective.

A quote from agent Sydney JonesCommunity Safety, Hawkesbury Detachment of the PPO

These words resonate with Yasser Serbouti. That’s what I appreciate as an auxiliary. We want to help our community.

Yasser Serbouti is an auxiliary in the Hawkesbury detachment of the PPO Since six months. He is also a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces and is studying a bachelor’s degree in public security.

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From left to right: auxiliary Yasser Serbouti, agent Sydney Jones, and Madeleine Guenette from the Chenail Island pétanque club.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Chantal Dubuc

The auxiliary program of the PPO can be a springboard for people who want to become a police officer or for those who simply want to be more active in their community.

Madeleine Guenette is the president of the Île du Chenail pétanque club. She enjoys seeing young auxiliaries get involved in the community and patrolling neighborhoods.

The auxiliaries, I find it famous, because they mix with us. They are warm, it’s pleasant. We are an aging population, it is important that we feel safe at home, in the streets, everywhere we go.

A quote from Madeleine Guenette

People who wish to become auxiliaries within the PPO must complete an eight-day training course in Orillia, Ontario. They must also complete 10 hours of patrol, as well as six hours of training per month.

Yasser Serbouti explains that training continues even during patrols. When we stop a vehicle, for example, the police officer will see how I react. If I make a mistake, he will correct me. Then, the next time we stop a vehicle, I already know what to do.

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