Would you volunteer to wear the uniform?
Can you see yourself running a radar gun? Riding along in a police cruiser? Directing traffic?
The Amherst police are looking for at least one person to stop forward and train to become an auxiliary officer in 2018.
“We’ve just been so short of auxiliary for a long time,” said Sgt. Mike Rosebeck. “They help us out on special detail and provide an extra set of eyes on the road.”
In years past, Amherst has had an auxiliary roster of four or five. Now it’s down to just officer Bob Rudolph, whom we’ve seen in recent weeks watching over the city Halloween parade and Veterans Day ceremony.
Rudolph has volunteered his time without pay for years and plans to continue serving, while fellow auxiliary members have either retired or been hired into paying police positions.
Their contributions have been enormous, said Rosebeck. Auxiliary officers step up when power outages knock out traffic lights, when harsh weather downs trees, on special details such as festivals, and on road patrol side-by-side with sworn officers.
Often, they’re called out at a moment’s notice.
It takes a special type of person to answer the call. “At the end of the day, it’s somebody who wants to get out there and help in any way they can,” Rosebeck said.
Joining the auxiliary is a chance to give back to the Amherst community, and an opportunity for someone who is considering a career in police work to test the waters.
Applications will be accepted until Dec. 4 and can be found at www.amherstpolice.net by clicking on “Employment Hiring.”
Eligible applicants must be at least 21 years old, can be men or women, need to have a high school diploma or GED, and have to pass a criminal history background check. Interviews will be used to select the right person for the job.
The new recruit will attend training through the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office auxiliary in January, where they’ll learn much of what is taught in the police academy. Volunteers are expected to uphold the same standards as full- and part-time officers.
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.