The Auxiliary Unit was developed to increase interest in law enforcement and has proved to be an effective recruitment over the years.
In fact, the current Police Chief and Sheriff began their law enforcement careers in auxiliary service. The Unit is comprised of Reserve Officers, Auxiliary Officers and law Enforcement Explorers.
Auxiliary Officers are civilian volunteers 21 years of age or older who are not certified by the State of Ohio as Police Officer. Reserve Officers
are civilian police volunteers, 18 years of age or older, who have been appointed, upon successful completion of an Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) and certification by the State of Ohio, as a Police Officer.
The Auxiliary/Reserve Unit
currently has 5 Reserve Officers and 6 Auxiliary Officers. Training was
completed on Ethics, Officer Safety, Search/Seizure and Narcotics Bulletins as
well as Yearly Re-certifications for Taser and O.C. Pepper Spray. The Unit
assisted with several special events including the NASCAR Truck Race, Super Bike
Weekend, Cruise-in, FOP's "Shop with a Cop" and the Downtown Buckeye Bash. The
members also participated in Toy Time and a few parades. The Unit assisted the
Explorers at the old OSR prison by parking cars. Members put in 942 hours
completing administrative, training, and cruiser hours. They towed 15 vehicles,
wrote 101 Parking Tickets completed 13 General Offense reports, and completed
over 10 House Checks. Overall statistics for the Unit were down as many of our
members had work related commitments that kept them from participating as much
as they would have liked.