Auxiliary Officers are volunteers who support the Toronto Police Service in delivering crime prevention programs, and assist at large-scale events such as parades and operational call-outs in search of missing people.

Wearing a full uniform, the more than 300 Auxilaries provide a highly visible presence in Toronto neighbourhoods and major events that people can rely on for information and for help.

Auxiliary officers are prepared for their work through training at the Toronto Police College, and after graduation, they are assigned to a Division or another unit, which becomes their home base. When reporting for duty, Auxiliary members will receive instructions on their assignment for the day and are assigned a radio connecting them to other officers and Communications Operators.

Auxiliary officers at a doorstep
Auxiiary officers canvassing a neighbourhood Photo: Brent Smyth
Auxiliary Assignments
  • Distribute crime prevention material and raise awareness to current crime trends

  • Conduct Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) audits

  • Provide retail robbery prevention awareness and assistance in installing crime prevention tools

  • High visibility patrols in communities

  • Community engagement during parades and community events

  • Participate in food drives, toy drives, warm clothing donations, bike rodeos,

  • Assist with Chief’s Gala, community appreciation dinners, conferences,

  • Assist in Mounted Unit training

  • Participate in Lockdown and Active Attacker scenario training

Meet Some Auxiliary Officers

Edison Yon has volunteered with the TPS since 2009 gaining experience at several units and rising the Auxiliary ranks to Staff Sergeant, now leading a team of Auxiliary Officers at a downtown division.

Joyce Kwok followed in her father's footsteps of volunteering and has made many friends out of her colleagues over her 20-plus year career in volunteering with the Toronto Police Service.

Rina Peshwa wanted to give back to the city that welcomed her in 2014 and has enjoyed working with the many people of Toronto she meets through her volunteerism.

Sam Selvaggio works and volunteers for the Toronto Police Service because he enjoys working with the community.

Minimum Requirements
  • Be a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age

  • Have successfully completed at least 4 years of secondary school or equivalent

  • Not have been convicted of a criminal offence for which a pardon has not been granted

  • Be a fully licenced "G" driver, having accumulated no more than 6 demerit points

  • Meet the vision standards which include: colour, peripheral and depth perception requirements, and 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

  • Must have Standard First Aid and Level C C.P.R. training (not Emergency First Aid and CPR)

  • Be of good moral character and habits

  • Possess a valid driver's licence with no more than six accumulated demerit points, permitting you to drive an automobile in Ontario with full driving privileges

  • Be able to pass a security clearance as well as a background investigation, credit and reference checks
     

Volunteering Expectations
  • Volunteer a minimum of 150 hours per year

  • Reside in the Greater Toronto Area (Durham, Peel, York, Toronto)

  • Complete all ongoing and mandatory training as required

  • Commit to the program for a minimum period of one year

You must meet all of the above requirements or you will not be considered for this volunteer position.

*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.

*A person currently licensed as a security guard, or one who holds a dual licence 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.

 

Hiring

Two classes of 30 members are hired each year, spring and fall. The job calls for the classes are posted respectively in November/December and June/July. Applications are submitted online.

We recommend following our social media accounts @TPSAuxiliary on Instagram and X social media platforms for updates on hiring and engagement.

Auxiliary officer speaking to a person
Auxiliary Officer Michael Brennan hands out faraday pouches at the Fairview Mall Photo: Kevin Masterman

I have a special interest in customer service, public safety and security and I would like to pursue my career in this field. I chose to volunteer with the TPS because I wanted to be part of an outstanding organization that ensures and keeps a safe environment for every citizen of Toronto. In my role, I like to conduct high visibility mobile patrols. With a partner, we go to high priority areas to assist uniform officers with maintaining a visible presence, which I believe helps reduce crime and disorder. We patrol local businesses, neighbourhoods and parks to initiate positive engagement with the community. Being an Auxiliary is a great way to give back to your community and get to know all the other communities within the city.

- Toronto Police Auxiliary Officer

 

Training

9 weeks in length – consisting of two evenings during the week and a full Saturday, for the 9 weeks.

Topics include, but not limited to:

  • Defensive Tactics

  • Police Vehicle Driving

  • Firearms Awareness

  • Mental Health/Awareness/Wellbeing

  • Equity, Inclusion & Human Rights

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Crime Prevention and CPTED

  • Drill and Deportment

  • Criminal Code/Highway Traffic Act and Crime Scene

  • Neighbourhood Community Policing

  • Radio and Communications

  • Notetaking

  • Professional Standards

  • Social Media/Cyber Awareness

  • Physical Fitness Training – Fitness Pin

  • Exam

A formal graduation ceremony is held at the end of training. Family and friends can attend and celebrate with graduating members.

Police officer and another person walking down a line of Auxiliary officers
Deputy Chief Lauren Pogue and Acting TPSB Chair Ainsworth Morgan inspect new Auxiliary Officers Photo: Brent Smyth

Auxiliary members will also get a chance to grow in their work, attaining supervisory positions as well as an array of learning opportunities, including:

  • Bicycle training,
  • CPTED,

  •  Missing Persons Search,

  •  TTC track level,

  •  Incident Management Systems,

  •  Marine Unit,

  • VTRA (Violence Threat Risk Assessment) Level I and II

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