Volunteer Opportunities

Auxiliary Police

The Auxiliary Unit was formed in 1976 and has become an integral part of the Barrie Police Service. Our auxiliary members have shown their support and dedication to our service over the years, and have provided more than 10,000 hours of volunteer work.

Auxiliary members are selected on the basis of their ability to complete the training program and their availability for service throughout the year. Auxiliary members are required to dedicate a minimum of 12 hours of active duty a month plus in-service training, meetings and yearly requalification. Auxiliary officers do not carry firearms, but they are fully trained in the use of firearms and therefore must qualify annually.

Consideration for appointment to the Barrie Police Auxiliary Unit is restricted to those who reside in the City of Barrie and the surrounding area.

The Auxiliary Unit supports the regular police service in many ways, including:

  • Patrol escorts
  • Traffic control
  • Crowd control
  • Community-based policing
  • Crime prevention initiatives
  • R.I.D.E program assistance
  • Emergency callouts

On duty, auxiliary members must:

  • Obey lawful orders implicitly
  • Dress and behave as a member of a disciplined organization
  • Conform to the rules and regulations of the Police Services Act and the Barrie Police Service
  • Members of the Auxiliary have no police authority/power and must rely on the same arrest provisions afforded regular citizens.

Auxiliary members are not issued firearm; they are fully trained in their use and must be capable of handling firearms in unusual or critical circumstances.

Citizens On Patrol

Citizens on Patrol logoThe Citizens On Patrol (COP) program is a group of volunteers who assist the Barrie Police with crime prevention and protection programs.

Working closely with the BPS Community Safety & Well-Being Officer, COPS take part in a variety of community safety initiatives such as distributing “Lock It or Lose It” brochures, staffing information booths at community events, and gathering traffic data.

The COPS volunteers are a diverse group of individuals who all share the goal of giving back to their community and helping keep our city safe.

To learn more about the COPS program and how to get involved, please see our frequently asked questions below.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a complete application package including:

Complete applications will be accepted via:

  • Email: one (1) PDF no larger than 30 MB, containing a complete application package to [email protected]
  • Mail, courier, or hand-deliver to:
    Barrie Police Service Headquarters
    ATTN: Human Resources/Employment Unit
    110 Fairview Road
    Barrie, ON L4N 8X8

"You feel like you’re actually making a difference."

“When we are out and doing something for our community. I would say that’s positive. You feel like you’re actually making a difference by aiding with crime prevention.”

-Citizens On Patrol Volunteer

"You have the fulfillment of knowing that you made a difference in the community on a day to day basis."

“You have the fulfillment of knowing that you made a difference in the community on a day to day basis.

I like Citizens On Patrol just because there’s so many events and food drives and whatnot that we did that bring a smile to the community. That’s what it is all about.”

-Citizens On Patrol Volunteer

"We do our best to help them out and give them what they need."

“We are Citizens On Patrol, we are the eyes and the ears but I like to add as well that we’re the voice of the community and whatever the community wants or needs something, we do our best to help them out and give them what they need.

For me, it’s a big fulfillment of helping the Barrie community out. It’s been great.”

-Citizens On Patrol Volunteer

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