Auxiliary police officers are non-paid volunteers. They participate in a program that involves classroom and field instruction. Instruction includes criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, motor vehicle law, department rules and regulations, department policies and procedures, OC defensive spray, baton training, and handcuffing, among other things. Auxiliary officers are allowed to ride-along with the department’s full-time officers.
Auxiliary police officers shall exercise or perform such powers and duties of police officers as the selectmen allow. Section 11(c) provides that said powers and duties shall not be exercised or performed by auxiliaries unless:
- They are on active duty.
- They are displaying an authorized badge or insignia. The outer garment must have a shoulder patch with the words “Auxiliary Police.”
- The situation for which they are called to duty by the police chief must be one which in the chief’s opinion cannot be adequately handled by the municipality’s regular police force and reserve police force.
Auxiliary police in towns may be authorized by the appointing authority to enter upon private property for the purpose of enforcing blackout or air raid precaution rules, regulations or orders issued by or under the authority of the governor or as otherwise provided by law.
Auxiliary police may be assigned to community service functions, as a resource in emergencies, and for special events.