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Ferndale Police Auxiliary Officer

May 08, 2017 - January 31, 2021
Location:Ferndale, MI
Employment Type:Other
Description:These volunteer officers relieve regular line officers from performing auxiliary tasks and other functions that deplete the number of regular officers on the street.

The Auxiliary unit is used in a variety of functions ranging from crowd and traffic control to assisting regular officers search a crime scene for evidence. The unit is used also for disasters (i.e., to secure areas and direct traffic because of downed power lines, flood areas and many other disaster situations).


Ferndale Police Auxiliary members receive a great deal of training, both ongoing as well as formal training. Ongoing training is done locally at the department or around the station (if the auxiliary is practicing traffic direction). The Auxiliary Coordinator directs all training.

Formal training is conducted at Oakland Community College, Oakland Police Academy. The Auxiliary receives 120 hours of classroom and range time, covering 14 topics in the classroom. Topics include:

duties and responsibilities

public relations

criminal law

civil liability

vehicle stops

mechanics of arrest

patrol techniques

police communication

report writing

drunk driving enforcement

traffic direction and control

first aid

narcotics and dangerous drugs

firearms training

defensive tactics

The unit also receives OC (pepper spray) training through the department and CPR/First-Aid Certification annually.


In Ferndale, the department has always provided our auxiliary members with shirts, pants, hats, badges, coats, bullet resistant vests and name badges.

Auxiliary members are also required to purchase a department-approved firearm, all leather gear (belts, holsters, belt keepers and cuff case). Other equipement includes flashlights, whistles, rain hat covers, radio holsters, pepper spray case and other incidentals. This equipment cost can exceed $1,500.

The Auxiliary unit is a group of dedicated volunteers striving for the betterment and safety of the City of Ferndale and its residents.
Duties:Some functions performed by the auxiliary unit include:

State Fair pedestrian crosswalk

Memorial Day Parade directing traffic and security at the parade

Dream Cruise traffic and crowd control

House Check Program (when residents are going to be away on vacation or any other situations they can notify the Ferndale Police Department and have their homes checked by uniformed Auxiliary officers)

Surveillance projects (capacity of observation and reporting via radio)

Evidence searches at crime scenes (assisting the Detective Bureau)

Devil's Night patrol

Halloween patrol

Downtown details: Christman tree lighting ceremony

Art Fair

Pride Fest

Attend funerals and/used as honor guards

State and National Police Memorial representation in Washington, D.C.

Foot Frolic

Crop Walk

Fraternal Order of Police zoo trip

Olympic Torch Run

9-11 Memorial Service

Homecoming parade

Ferndale High School sports

Flag Raising ceremony

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

Fraternal Order of Police Santa Visitation

Many other city functions
Qualifications:The requirements to become an auxiliary officer in Ferndale are as follows:

Have a high school diploma

Be subjected to a background check

Have no criminal record

Pass an oral board interview

Approval and acceptance by the command staff of the Ferndale Police Department

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