RCMP Auxiliary Ride Alongs, a thing of the past
Prince George, B.C. – Volunteer auxiliary officers will no longer be allowed to ride with RCMP members in a police car.
(at right, the hat worn by Auxiliary Constables-photo 250News archive)
The new direction follows a review of auxiliary service in the wake of the attack on Parliament Hill in 2014, and the 2015 incident in St. Albert Alberta where an RCMP Constable was fatally shot and his ride along Auxiliary Constable was wounded.
There are 16 Auxiliary Constables in Prince George, who, acting under the supervision of an RCMP member, assist in Community Policing, community events, traffic control, crime prevention activities within schools, parades and other ceremonial events.
The Auxiliary Constable program was started in 1963 in Canada. As full Peace Officers, an Auxiliary member can do anything a regular police officer does, except, they have to be directed to take the action and they can no longer ride along with an officer. They do not carry firearms, but are equipped with uniform, radio, gloves, baton, pepper spray a flashlight and two sets of handcuffs.
Their role is viewed by the RCMP as one that complements the RCMP, and is not meant to augment or bolster a detachment’s number of officers.