Frequently Asked Questions
- What is an Auxiliary officer?
- Is the Toronto Police Service currently hiring Auxiliary officers?
- What are the basic requirements for becoming an Auxiliary Officer with the Toronto Police Service?
- What are the duties of an Auxiliary Officer?
- What are some of the benefits in becoming an Auxiliary member of the Toronto Police Service?
- Do I need to obtain an OACP Certificate of Results in order to become an Auxiliary officer?
- Do I need a Police Foundations diploma or a Law and Security diploma to be hired?
- Can I apply to become an Auxiliary Officer if I have a Private Investigators licence?
- Can I apply to become an Auxiliary Officer if I have a security guard licence?
- If I have a criminal record, can I still apply to become an Auxiliary Officer?
- How long is my application on file for?
- After I submit my application, how long will it take to get an Interview?
- How long does the hiring process take?
- As an Auxiliary Officer, will I receive any kind of formal Training?
- What is the Auxiliary schedule like?
Q: What is an Auxiliary officer?
A: Auxiliary Officers promote community based policing are part of a very dedicated and committed team of volunteers who are trained both in the theoretical and practical applications of policing. They work alongside uniformed officers and assist the community and service with community mobilization initiatives, crime prevention programs, special events, parades, searches for missing persons and emergency call-outs.
Q: Is the Toronto Police Service currently hiring Auxiliary officers?
A: For the latest information regarding our hiring status, please log onto www.torontopolice.on.ca/careers for more information.
Q: What are the basic requirements for becoming an Auxiliary Officer with the Toronto Police Service?
A: The BASIC REQUIREMENTS for the position are as follows:
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada,
- be a minimum of 18 years of age,
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12) or official transcript of High School marks OR IF SCHOOLED OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO, an educational equivalency which has been completed by the Ministry of Education. IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE YOUR POST SECONDARY EDUCATION IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE AN EQUIVALENCY ASSESSMENT. Please refer to the applicant resource listing,
- possess Standard First Aid and Level ‘C’ CPR certificates,
- not have been convicted of a criminal offence for which a pardon has not been granted,
- be a fully licensed driver and meet all the requirements of the Graduated Licensing System in the province of Ontario, having accumulated no more than 6 demerit points,
- meet the vision standards which include, colour, peripheral and depth perception requirements, have uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40 and best corrected acuity of 20/30 with both eyes open (binocularly),
- be physically able to perform the duties of the position, with regard to personal safety and the safety of the public,
- be of good moral character and habits,
- due to the amount of time required in the selection and training process we ask all members to stay for a minimum of one year.
Candidates are also expected to:
- volunteer a minimum of 150 hours per year,
- reside in the Greater Toronto Area (Durham, Peel, York, Toronto),
- complete all ongoing training as required.
NOTE: applicants who do not meet all of the above requirements will not be considered for this VOLUNTEER position.
Q: What are the duties of an Auxiliary Officer?
A: On a daily basis, Auxiliary member may be asked to assist the regular Police members with any of the following duties:
- community response initiatives,
- canvassing and searching with respect to evidence or missing persons,
- maintenance of police perimeters,
- registration and or identification of community property, i.e. bicycles,
- community functions and events such as Police Week, parades, fairs, etc.,
- community safety audits and other crime prevention programs (i.e. Child Find),
- renewal of community Night Listing data,
- serving on Community Police Committees,
- assistance with the operation of the Toronto Police Information booths, Community Police Offices and Collision Reporting Centres.
Q: What are some of the benefits in becoming an Auxiliary member of the Toronto Police Service?
A: Some of the benefit of becoming an Auxiliary Officer are:
- the Toronto Police Service provides each Auxiliary member with a uniform, equipment and training,
- the Auxiliary member is afforded an opportunity to develop an understanding of the Police function within the community,
- experience gained as an Auxiliary volunteer will allow a prospective candidate for the regular service to determine his/her suitability for the position of Police Constable,
- an Auxiliary member, while on duty, is covered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board,
- satisfaction in knowing that a member has made a personal contribution to the well being of his/her community.
Q: Do I need to obtain an OACP Certificate of Results in order to become an Auxiliary officer?
A: No. There is no requirement to have an OACP certificate in order to apply to the Auxiliary program.
Q: Do I need a Police Foundations diploma or a Law and Security diploma to be hired?
A: There is no requirement by the Toronto Police Service for a candidate to attend any Police Foundations or Law and Security program. The only requirement in regards to education is that a candidate possess’ a minimum grade 12 diploma or equivalent certificate.
Q: Can I apply to become an Auxiliary Officer if I have a Private Investigators licence?
A: In accordance with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Private investigators and Security Guards Act, Bill 159, (2004), a person holding a Private Investigators licence will not be an eligible candidate for the Toronto Police Service Auxiliary Program.
Q: Can I apply to become an Auxiliary Officer if I have a security guard licence?
A: A person currently licensed as a security guard may make application to the Auxiliary Program if it is determined that they do not directly or indirectly participate in any investigative capacity. Notwithstanding, a complete background investigation will be conducted to determine if a conflict of interest may exist.
Q: If I have a criminal record, can I still apply to become an Auxiliary Officer?
A: As per the minimum requirement, if an individual has been convicted of a criminal offence (in any country), they must first obtain a pardon prior to applying. Furthermore, if the individual has had a 'Findings of Guilt' which has resulted in absolute or conditional discharge, their records must be 'sealed' by the RCMP, prior to applying.
Q: How long is my application on file for?
A: Applications will be valid for a period of one year from the date they are submitted to the Employment Unit. If you have not been contacted within one year from the date you submitted your application, a new application, with current certifications is required.
Q: After I submit my application, how long will it take to get an Interview?
A: Only those applicants assessed best able to meet the organizational needs of the service will be selected for an interview.
Q: How long does the hiring process take?
A: There is no specific time period. All applicants are reminded that when applying, it is for the position of Auxiliary Officer and not a particular recruiting class.
Q: As an Auxiliary Officer, will I receive any kind of formal Training?
A: Yes. Once hired, all Auxiliary officers will undergo a six week training program which will include theoretical, procedural and self defence training.
Q: What is the Auxiliary schedule like?
A: Community/special events are generally held on weekends and evenings. As a result, Auxiliary Officers will also typically work on evenings and weekends. Your hours will also vary depending on the event.