Auxiliary Policing

The Ottawa Police Service is not currently recruiting Auxiliary Police volunteers. 

The Auxiliary Police Program is a volunteer program, intended to enhance community based policing by providing an opportunity for citizens to participate and volunteer with law enforcement on an organized basis.  Auxiliary Police volunteers will provide a complementary service to sworn police officers by assisting officers while under constant supervision.

About the Program

Auxiliary Police Members will receive orientation and training, which will enable them to fulfill their volunteer duties.

Auxiliary Police Members:

  • Do not carry firearms, but are required to be trained in the use of Ottawa Police issued firearms from an orientation perspective only. They will also undergo specialized training in the use of force and be exposed to the utilization and deployment of other use of force techniques, as an orientation initiative;
  • Always serve under the supervision of a fully sworn police officer of the Ottawa Police Service;
  • Are not allowed to drive marked police vehicles unless in an emergency situation and directed to do so by a fully sworn police officer;
  • Are expected to volunteer a minimum of 160 hours per year, plus training, to the program;
  • Do not receive any wages;
  • Will not wear the uniform of a police officer, but will be provided with a recognized uniform that identifies them as a volunteer auxiliary member; and,
  • May be required to testify in court.

Due to the amount of time required in the selection and training process, we ask all members to commit for a minimum of two years (minimum of 160 volunteer hours per year, plus training).

Primary Duties

Under the direction of a sworn police officer, Auxiliary Police may perform any of the following duties or programs:

  • Crime Prevention Programs;
  • Patrol as directed with an officer, i.e. marine patrol, foot patrol;
  • Community Policing functions when directed; and,
  • Other routine non-police officer duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have successfully completed high school.
  • Meet minimum general fitness level.
  • Meet a reliability clearance process to be determined by the Ottawa Police Service and successfully complete a criminal records check.
  • Not have an apparent business or employment conflict of interest (employment with other law enforcement agencies).
  • Not be appointed as peace officers under a Police Act.
  • Not be engaged in active private investigation work.
  • Be willing to commit to a minimum of 160 hours of volunteer service per year, including training, for two years.
  • Must reside within the National Capital Region.
  • Proficient knowledge of the English language is mandatory; that includes reading, writing, and speaking.  Fluency in other languages, including French, will give the candidate stronger consideration for the role.

  • Possess a valid First Aid certification
  • Possess a valid CPR Level C certification
  • Possess a valid Class G Driver's Licence (or equivalent out-of-province licence).


All applicants of the Ottawa Police Service Auxiliary program must sign an Authorization of Release of Information waiver permitting background and reference checks to confirm all information supplied. In addition, all applicants must undergo a physical examination to determine their health status. Failure to comply with either of the aforementioned disqualifies the individual from the selection process.

How to Apply

The Ottawa Police Service is not currently recruiting Auxiliary Police volunteers. 

If you are interested in becoming an Auxiliary Police volunteer, please submit the following in one package:

  • Candidate profile & signed Authorization of Release of Information form;
  • Complete CV;
  • Essay outlining why you would like to become an Auxiliary Police volunteer;
  • Scanned copy of valid CPR Level C certification;
  • Scanned copy of valid First Aid certification;
  • Scanned copy of valid Class G Driver's Licence.

Realities of Service

Before making up your mind to become an Auxiliary member, it would be wise to consider what you are getting into.  Is the Auxiliary Police Program REALLY for you?

Some of your personal autonomy will be curbed while a member of the Auxiliary Police Program.  While on duty, you are required (among other things) to:

  • Obey lawful orders implicitly
  • Dress and behave as a member of a disciplined, paramilitary organization
  • Conform to regulations regarding personal deportment
  • Fulfill a minimum two-year commitment