Help Serve Your Community

By Sara Faruqi, Toronto Police Service Published: 7 a.m. September 16, 2015
Updated: 2:57 p.m. September 16, 2015

TPS is looking for applicants for their Auxiliary Police team.

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Toronto Police Auxiliary officers are a valuable part of the police family.

Auxiliary Officers are volunteers but are considered a valuable source for the men and women of the Service. 

Since 1957 Auxiliaries have been a part of policing in Toronto. They play a role in creating bridges between their communities and the police service. Seen as ambassadors of the Service, Auxiliary officers come from all sorts of backgrounds, each with their own life experience, professional experience and unique skills. From homemakers to healthcare workers to business professionals and university students, each Auxiliary member is a valued team member of the Service.

Currently over 340 Auxiliaries have volunteered close to 70,000 hours of their time annually to assist the Service’s community mobilization initiatives, crime prevention programs, special events, parades, searches for missing people and emergency call-outs. Auxiliaries played a major role in the summer's Pan Am Games as well as initiatives to reduce break-and-enters and increase traffic safety.

Auxiliary Staff Sergeant at 42 Division, Fanny Lau, has been with the Service for the last 14 years as an Auxiliary Officer. Lau says she loved volunteering since she was a teenager and the Auxiliary program was a great place to help out the community.

"You meet so many people from all walks of life and you really learn from them," she says.

Most of all, Lau says you have to have the passion to be a volunteer. 

"You need the passion to be a volunteer for 14 years... you have to like the program," says Lau, who is a real estate broker professionally.

Lau also says the program is a good stepping stone for young men and women who want to join the Service.

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Auxiliary Sergeant Fanny Lau has been with the Toronto Police Service for 14 years.

For Kevin Li, a newly inducted Auxiliary officer, who has already volunteered 173 hours in the last few months, the reason for joining was all about giving back to his community.

“I joined because I thought it was a really nice way to give back to the community. I like helping out at community events and meeting community members to share safety information,” he says.

Li says he works with some very interesting people. 

“They are a really dynamic group of people, from nurses to teachers to IT technicians. This vast experience comes in handy when working as a team to tackle issues,” says Li, of his fellow volunteers.

The Auxiliary experience is not only about giving back to the community, it can also help those who are wondering what a policing career may be like.

For Employment Unit Auxiliary Coordinator Constable Antonios Douvis, the program is a great learning experience.

“The Toronto Police Service Auxiliary Program is the perfect opportunity for someone, who has always had an interest in police functions, to serve their community in this capacity, but are very  satisfied with their current career and don’t want to give that up. For other applicants, the Auxiliary Program serves as stepping stone for a future career as a Police Constable with the Toronto Police Service.”

Douvis adds that the program offers volunteers a challenging and significant way to serve and protect fellow citizens, their communities and visitors to the city.

To learn more about the Auxiliary Police program or to apply  click here.

For more information, contact Constable Antonios Douvis via email antonios.douvis@torontopolice.on.ca or by calling 416-808-0618.

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