The RCMP’s Auxiliary program is about to change because of safety issues, and it could mean an end to auxiliary constables across the country.
A memo has gone out to all RCMP detachments from Ottawa, saying the entire Auxiliary Constable Program is under review and details will be released soon.
Concerns have been raised about the volunteers going on ride-alongs with officers because of liability and safety issues.
The question has also been raised as to whether it’s safe to dispatch auxiliary members in uniform without a weapon.
The auxiliary program was introduced in 1963 to enhance community policing and crime prevention initiatives.
There are 1600 auxiliary constables across the country.