Ferndale Police Auxiliary Officer

City of Ferndale - Ferndale, MI4.0

Full-timeEstimated: $40,000 - $51,000 a year
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 equipment 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.


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

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