CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Auxiliary Police Department (CAPD) is seeking qualified candidates interested in joining the organization. The CAPD will hold an open house for prospective volunteers on Sept. 19.

During the open house, those interested can learn more about the CAPD, its members and the application process, and they can attend a monthly training session. Applications will be available and CAPD members will be available for questions, according to a press release sent by Detective Sergeant Ryan J. Greco of the Cranford Police Department.

Volunteers of the CAPD supplement the Cranford Police Department in emergencies and participate in related activaties on a weekly basis. The auxiliary officers play a vital role in community policing and responses to storms, floods, traffic emergencies and large public events, according to the press release.

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“Membership represents an excellent and rewarding way to donate time back to the community of Cranford,” Greco wrote. “Being a Cranford Auxiliary Police Officer is an exciting, fun and productive way to serve your community and help ensure public safety and satisfaction.”

All CAPD officers undergo training at the John H. Stamler Police Academy with mandatory attendance on Tuesdays, Thursday nights and Saturdays. Training includes basic police skills including use of force, first-aid, crowd control and patrol techniques. Afterwards, the CAPD officers will continually train in basic first-aid and CPR, police procedures and other areas including public health, safety and law and order.

The CAPD open house will be held on Sept. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cranford Police Headquarters. All applicants must be 18 years old or older and reside either in Cranford or a municipality within 5 miles of Cranford that does not have an auxiliary police unit.

Those interested can download an “Auxiliary Police Application” from the Cranford Police Department website at Applications can be submitted throughout the year, but must be submitted prior to 4 p.m. on Nov. 3 to be considered for the 2017 academy class.

If applicants have questions, they can call the CPD at 908-272-2222 and ask for Detective Sergeant Russell Luedecker or leave him a message on extension 7479.