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altOriginally established in 1941 under Civil Defense, the Belmont, Massachusetts Auxiliary Police (BAP) unit has served Belmont for nearly 70 years. The mission of the BAP is to assist the Belmont Police Department and the Town of Belmont. The unit is currently made up of approximately 21 part-time volunteer officers who serve their community as part of the Community Services / Crime Prevention Bureau of the Belmont Police Department. Belmont Auxiliary Police officers are clearly distinguishable from their full-time counterparts by a different uniform and badge. The scope of duties and responsibilities and legal powers of BAP officers is also more limited than that of full-time BPD officers. See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section for more details.

Many communities in the United States and around the world maintain a part-time Auxiliary or Reserve Police unit. Usually made up of volunteers, these units provide a police department with a ready source of additional, well-trained manpower to handle civil emergencies, peak periods, special events, and to assist full-time officers on patrol as necessary. Belmont's Auxiliary Police officers provide regular evening / weekend patrols in a marked police vehicle to cover schools, municipal property, and special attention areas, and to back up full-time officers when needed. BAP officers also respond to emergencies such as extreme weather, missing persons searches, and hazmat incidents, as well as covering special events and activities such as parades, football games, Halloween, and carnivals.
 

The experience provides part-time volunteer officers who may be interested in going on to a full-time law enforcement career with the chance to get some exposure to the profession; it also allows the department to get an in-depth look at prospective candidates for full-time positions. Even if part-time volunteer officers don't intend to go on to a full-time law enforcement career, it brings in outside talent that may not be otherwise available within the police department and is perhaps the ultimate form of community policing in action. 

*** AT THE PRESENT TIME WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ANY APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICER. ***

Click on any of the links above for more information about Belmont's program, with particular attention to the Membership Requirements section. If you're interested in part-time policing, but are not in the Belmont area, check with your local police department to see if they have a similar program.

 

























Belmont Auxiliary Police is a registered member of the national 
Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS) program

 


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