- Emergency Management Agency, David F. Querze, Director
- Pepperell Auxiliary Police, David F. Querze, Captain & Commanding Officer
- Pepperell Police Department, David Scott, Chief of Police
It is the mission of the Pepperell Auxiliary Police to protect the public through on-call emergency services, supplementing the capacity of the full time police force and assisting the individual officers with whom we serve. We will accomplish this through training, developing and building a credible group of public service providers with attention to organizational and individual needs. What we expect to receive in return is a sense of public service, community involvement, self development, and a commitment to the Town of Pepperell.
Who are we?
The Auxiliary Police is a voluntary arm of Pepperell's Emergency Management Agency (formerly known as Civil Defense.) We work in concert with, and under the guidance of the Chief of Police. The organization exists to supplement the town's full time police force in a state of emergency or other significant events in which additional law enforcement staffing is required. In order to accomplish this, we work and train for state of readiness to provide effective support when situations requires it.
What does that mean to Pepperell residents?
While the town's public safety agencies are maintained at levels to provide a high degree of service for day to day operations, the Auxiliary Police enable the flexibility to increase services in times of significantly high demand. This helps keep your tax dollars at reasonable levels while still meeting public safety needs.
How do we operate?
Throughout a given year, our officers will work along side the full time department in a variety of different functions. These include routine patrol duty as back-up officers in the town's police cruisers during peak evening hours, answering calls, responding to emergencies and assisting with investigations. We may also use the Auxiliary cruiser to patrol key sectors on certain evenings to enhance coverage and increase experience. Traffic control is provided for both accident and fire scenes, and search and rescue support is provided as needed. Community patrols are maintained during severe inclement weather conditions utilizing our own Auxiliary cruiser to give assistance to the public and support emergency scenes. Key non-emergency services include:
- Memorial Day Parade
- 4th of July parade and weekend festivities
- 5K road races and other similar town events
- Halloween night community patrols
- Mutual aid, Groton & Dunstable road races
The Auxiliary has its own command structure. Reporting directly to the Director of Emergency Management, and dotted line to the Chief of Police, a Captain serves as the commanding officer with the support of a staff of lieutenants and sergeants overseeing 2 platoons, normally of 6-7 patrol officers each. All are appointed annually by the Board of Selectmen.
Funding & Hours of Contribution
The Auxiliary Police are funded via a modest budget approved by town meeting vote that covers the cost of uniforms and other reasonable operating expenses. Hours provided to the town through work and readiness training are all voluntary. Annually, we average between 2000 - 2500 hours of donated services. This breaks out to approximately 5% administration, 25% training and 70% active duty.