Auxiliary members are now being trained in traffic direction.
Over the course of two weekends in November, the Toronto Police Service’s Motor Squad provided the mandatory instruction to this year’s three classes of uniform volunteers.
A total of 82 officers who graduate on December 12 received the hands-on training in south Etobicoke.
“We found the training to be very helpful,” said one of the participants. “As streetcars, buses, trucks of all sizes, pedestrians, cyclists and even an ambulance past them at the intersections close to the Police College, our officers were out directing traffic and taking control of the situation. In addition, the construction on Islington Ave. added an unexpected challenge to make it even more hands-on.”
Auxiliary members must be supervised by a police officer when doing traffic direction.
“They may be requested to step in to relieve police officers at a major incident or a global detail such as the Santa Claus Parade,” said Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit A/Supt. Dave Rydzik. “They may be required to direct traffic so that the police officers can be deployed to perform duties of a higher priority. For example, Auxiliary members were called out to the Yonge St. van incident.”
Currently, over 340 Auxiliaries volunteer approximately 70,000 hours of their time annually to assist the Service’s community mobilization initiatives, crime prevention programs, special events, parades, searches for missing persons and emergency call outs.
To learn more about becoming an Auxiliary member visit tps.on.ca/careers