It is the policy of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) to provide law-abiding civilians an opportunity to serve in supporting roles that assist law enforcement. While civilians’ involvement in law enforcement is a long-recognized valuable asset to the BPD, a well-disciplined, uniformed Auxiliary Police Unit offers highly motivated men and women the opportunity to serve the citizens and communities of Baltimore City. Auxiliary members are supplemental to, not substitutes for, sworn law enforcement personnel. Auxiliary members are not sworn police officers, are not vested with arrest powers, and are not authorized to carry firearms.
The Code of Public Local Laws 16-7(15) authorizes the Police Commissioner to establish an Auxiliary Police Unit staffed by civilian volunteers. The law states, “The Auxiliary Police (Unit) so created shall be used only to render assistance to the (Baltimore) Police Department in service functions including, but not limited to, traffic, communications and clerical duties. The purpose of the Auxiliary Police (Unit) is to relieve the regular police personnel for law enforcement duties.”
Auxiliary members serve as non-compensated volunteers in non-enforcement capacities, supportive of the BPD and consistent with their demonstrated level of expertise and the needs of the BPD as determined by the Police Commissioner. To be certified as an Auxiliary member, citizens must meet minimum requirements and pass the Auxiliary Training Program.