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Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)

Original Author: Hardy, Pat
Date of Material: 08/31/2005

Police--Reserve units
Police--Municipal ordinances

Resolution Authorizing and Establishing an Auxiliary Police Program

Reviewed Date: 07/06/2021
A resolution to adopt guidelines to establish an Auxiliary Police force to supplement the existing Police Department.



WHEREAS, the Town of Mountain City has an excellent Police Department; and

WHEREAS, the Department could utilize the services of Auxiliary Officers who are capable and willing to assist with the delivery of police services;

NOW, THEREFORE be it resolved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee that the following guidelines are adopted for the purpose of establishing an Auxiliary Police force to supplement the existing Police Department:

Section 1. Auxiliary Police Unit.

The Mountain City Police Department will establish an Auxiliary Police Unit and will use this unit to supplement the authorized numbers of full-time police officers. Auxiliary Police Officers will be assigned to assist full-time officers both in the delivery of day-to- day law enforcement and for emergencies. In no instance will auxiliary police officers work alone as police officers.

Section 2. Requirements.

Auxiliary Police Officers must meet the same minimum standards as full-police officers:

A. Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;

B. Be a citizen of the United States;

C. Be a high school graduate or possess equivalency;

D. Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any charge or violation of any felony charge or to any federal or state laws or city misdemeanors relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances, and not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States;

E. Have his/her fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation;

F. Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician;

G. Have a good moral character; and
F. Be free of all apparent mental disorders that, in the opinion of a qualified mental health professional, would prevent the officer from fulfilling the essential functions of the job.
Be free of any apparent mental disorder, as certified by a qualified psychiatrist or psychologist, if the individual cannot perform the essential functions of the job because of the disorder,
with or without reasonable accommodation, or if the disorder results in in the individual posing a significant health or safety risk to himself/herself or others that cannot be reduced or
eliminated by reasonable accommodation.

Section 3. Training.

A. Auxiliary Police Officer candidates must complete forty (40) hours of initial training before working as an Auxiliary Police Officer.

B. Each Auxiliary Police Officer will complete forty (40) hours of in-service training each year.

C. The Chief of Police will develop the training curriculum or assign officers to scheduled training classes.

D. The Auxiliary Officer will qualify at a firing range with the handgun to be carried on duty prior to any field assignment.

S Each Auxiliary Officer will qualify each year as part of the mandated in- service training program.
S Any officer not firing a passing score will not be allowed to work until he or she fires a passing score.
S If more than six months pass after a failing score without the officer firing a passing score, the officer will be removed from the Auxiliary Police Unit

Section 4. Powers.

Reserve officers who have successfully completed all training requirements will be granted full police powers while serving in an on-duty status and while supporting a full-time officerstatus. These powers include:

A. Powers of arrest;

B. Privilege of carrying weapons,

C. All other powers lawfully afforded full-time officers.

Section 5. Other Regulations.
A. When off-duty, Auxiliary Police Officers will have no police powers. Auxiliary Officers will not make arrests under color of law or carry weapons except as provided by law.

B. Auxiliary Officers will wear the same uniform and duty equipment as specified for full-time officers.
C. Auxiliary Officers will be bound by the department=s rules, regulations, policies and procedures, and will obey same. Violations will lead to disciplinary action or termination.

D. Auxiliary Police Officer appointments may be withdrawn by the Chief of Police at any time. Auxiliary Police Officers have no right to appeal the Chief =s decisions in this matter, and the City =s personnel policies and procedures are not available to Auxiliary Officers.

Section 6. Duty Assignments.

A. Auxiliary Officers are most commonly used to aid and supplement full-time officers.

B. Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

(1) vehicle patrol with a full-time certified officer;

(2) traffic control at designated locations for special events;

(3) foot patrol at special events or sporting events which draw large crowds;

(4) serving as observers in high crime areas;

(5) available as reserves in case of emergency, natural disasters, civil disturbances, etc.

C. Auxiliary Officers are limited by POST Commission regulations in the number of hours they work. Auxiliary Officers will not be allowed to work more than twenty (20) hours in any week, nor more than one hundred (100) hours in any one month.

Passed this day of , 2005.


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Main Document(s):
file Resolution Authorizing and Establishing an Auxiliary Police Program.pdf