WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Police Community Services Unit is seeking volunteer Auxiliary Police Officers.  Candidates must be 18 years of age and satisfy a complete background check.  Auxiliary Officers are required to volunteer a minimum of eight hours a month and attend one training meeting monthly.

Functions for assignment to Auxiliary Police Officers include:

  • Traffic control
  • Crowd control
  • Security of federal, state, county, or local government buildings within the community
  • Assist with staffing and functioning of the Emergency Operations Center
  • Maintenance of order as required and/or directed.

Beginning in September, Auxiliary Police Officers must complete a 12-week Basic Auxiliary Training Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 PM to 10 PM conducted by the Essex County College Police Academy, in cooperation with the Essex County Office of Emergency Management.

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The curriculum includes: Introduction and Indoctrination; New Jersey Emergency Management Control Plan; Civil Government and Police Agencies; Traffic Control; Patrol Functions; Crowds and Assemblages; Criminal Law; Courts; Preservation of Evidence; Arrest and Seizure; Hazardous Materials Awareness; First Aid; Unarmed Defensive Tactics; OC Spray; Use of Force; Defensive Driving Classroom Instruction; Incident Command; Terry Stops; Handcuffing; Internal Affairs Overview; Disorderly Persons Overview; Gang Awareness; Ethics and Sexual Harassment; Fire Extinguisher Training; and Physical Training/Military Drills.

Applicants need not be residents if their local police department does not host an Auxiliary program. For more information and to sign up, please contact the West Orange Police Community Services Unit by the July 31st deadline at 973-325-4038.