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) reporting to the Director. 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 a state of readiness to provide effective support when situations require 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 alongside 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 cruisers 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 to give assistance to the public and support emergency scenes. Key non-emergency services include traffic and crowd control for public events such as the annual spring cancer bike ride, Memorial Day parade, the 4th of July parade and weekend festivities, the Covered Bridge 5K road race and other similar town events. We also provide Halloween night community patrols to help ensure child safety and have responded to calls for mutual aid to neighboring towns for their public events.
The Auxiliary has its own command structure. The Director of Emergency Management serves as the commanding officer with a staff that consists of a captain, a lieutenant and two sergeants that oversee separate squads of up to 6-7 patrol officers each. All staff and patrolmen are appointed annually.
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 10% administration, 20% training and 70% active duty.
Training is absolutely key to our success. One of the primary reasons we work the patrols and events that we do is to gain the required knowledge and experiences to perform effectively when we are called to action. It does not stop there however.
Requirements for an armed officer now require graduation form a Massachusetts Police Training Council (MPTC) Reserve/Intermittent Officer training academy. This is a several month evening or weekend program.
Orientation starts once a candidate has graduated from the reserve academy and includes all necessary certifications before an officer steps foot in their uniform in the line of duty. Typical orientation periods take approximately 2-3 months to complete and involves working alongside supervisors for a pre-set minimum period, more if needed. Once on active duty, training continues throughout their active membership through in-service training.
In-service: Every officer is required to attend an annual MPTC In-Service program for full time officers and reserves/auxiliary. In addition, there is a four-hour training session once per month. Sample topics include law updates, motor vehicle stop procedures, building searches, domestic violence, officer survival and many more that are both class room and hands on. Annually the officers must pass daytime firearms qualifications and night time qualifications both with their handgun and patrol rifle conducted by qualified instructors and to the same standards as full time police officers. The cost of all in-service and re-certification training is born by the department.
Individuals must be 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and have a minimum of a high school education in order to qualify for the Pepperell Auxiliary Police. They should also be a town resident or live within a 30 min. radius necessary for effective call out response times. Applicants must also possess or be able to qualify for a Massachusetts license to carry firearms. This includes passing a background check that demonstrates a clear criminal and civil record, as well as an excellent driver's history. Finally, as mentioned, all viable candidates must be a graduate of an MPTC certified Reserve/Intermittent Police Academy or be willing to enroll.
Officers are required to work evenings for most cruiser shifts and training. Occasional weekend day work is required for major events or emergencies. Emergency call-out activity is adjusted to work around an officer's full-time employment and at no time would we jeopardize an individual's regular career.
Screening of all applicants is done by the commander, captain and the senior command staff as well as the full-time department's liaison officer. Applicants must pass the screening process and a subsequent approval of the Chief of Police in order to be appointed.
Applications forms are available here for download or through the Police Department at the public safety complex. Completed applications or requests for further information should be sent to:
Pepperell Auxiliary Police
P.O. Box 295
Pepperell, MA 01463