Corporal Jodi Shelkie ran the session yesterday evening. She says the Auxiliary Program gives people a chance to make a difference in the community.
“The Auxiliary Program is a volunteer program that’s heavily associated with the RCMP and ran by the RCMP,” she says. “It’s people from the community who want to make a difference for the community, and we train them.”
The training program is extensive and covers 150 hours of material. After the completion of training, new Auxiliary Constables do volunteer work consisting of community policing, crime prevention, and ridealongs with officers.
Shelkie adds one of the main reasons the RCMP runs the Auxiliary Program is to help with crime prevention programs.
“So much in a community, the crime can be prevented if the message gets out with prevention programs,” she says. “It’s almost too much for the RCMP to be doing enforcements and all of the prevention programs themselves. That’s where these dedicated volunteers come in. We can reach so many more people with crime prevention messages if we have these volunteers to help us.”
Anyone who wasn’t able to attend last night’s session, or is interested in finding out more about the Auxiliary Program can attend the next information session at NLC on May 5th at 2 p.m.