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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BELMONT AUXILIARY POLICE (BAP):


Are BAP officers paid?

No, BAP officers receive no financial compensation, just the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping to make their community a better place in which to work and to live. 
 

Are BAP officers authorized to make arrests?

BAP officers have a limited power of arrest. They can arrest for a felony committed in their presence, or when directed to do so by a full-time BPD officer, or when dispatched to an incident to restore order. Unlike a full-time BPD officer, BAP officers cannot arrest for a felony based on probable cause. As a practical matter, BAP officers rarely need to make arrests, since a full-time officer is usually just a radio call away.
 

What equipment do BAP officers carry?

BAP officers carry the same equipment as full-time BPD officers: .40-caliber Glock Model 23 semiautomatic handgun, pepper spray, handcuffs, flashlight, Monadnock expandable baton, portable radio. In order to qualify to carry this equipment, BAP officers must complete very intensive training in firearms, defensive tactics, and use-of-force policies, to the same standards as full-time officers.
 

Does the BAP unit have a rank structure?

Yes. At fully-authorized strength, the BAP unit consists of 17 patrol officers (divided into three platoons), 3 Sergeants (one for each platoon), 3 Lieutenants (one for each platoon), 1 Executive Lieutenant (Second in Command), and 1 Captain (Unit Commander). Note however that a regular (full-time) BPD officer of any rank always outranks any BAP officer regardless of rank.

Currently, Capt. John Steeves serves as Unit Commander and Lt. Bob Coate is the Executive Lieutenant / Second-in-Command.

Lt. Wade Ripley and Sgt. Todd Larsen oversee Platoon 1; Lt. Jim Riccio and Sgt. Greg Johnson oversee Platoon 2; and Lt. Bob Coate and Sgt. Bob McQuaid oversee Platoon 3.
 

I work full-time during the day. How can I complete the required training?

Most Reserve / Intermittent academy training and other training is scheduled during evening and weekend hours, in recognition of the fact that most part-time volunteer officers have full-time day jobs. You may need to plan on taking one or two days off per year to attend the all-day outdoor firearms training.
 

Will it cost me anything to become a BAP officer?

Some training, equipment, and uniform items will be provided for you by the Town. Other training, equipment, and uniform items will need to be provided by you, at your expense. We are constantly striving to obtain additional funding sources to minimize the personal expense incurred by BAP officers as much as possible.
 

How do I join the Belmont Auxiliary Police?

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

Becoming a Belmont Auxiliary Police officer is NOT for everyone - it requires a tremendous time commitment, some personal expense for training and equipment, and a willingness to constantly strive for professionalism in your job performance as a volunteer BAP officer. The only compensation you will receive is the satisfaction of helping your community to become a better place in which to work and live.  Please visit our Membership Requirements section.

 


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