NEWARK NJ March 18 2017- City officials are seeking community volunteers to help Newark's police force.
Mayor Ras Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced they are bringing back the Newark Auxiliary Police Program that will train and recruit community members to aid the police department with crowd control, traffic issues and building security.
"Community involvement is an important focus of our work to make Newark safer," Baraka said. "The auxiliary police volunteers represent community involvement at its best: citizens getting directly involved in important police functions."
Members of the auxiliary program will be trained, given uniforms and some equipment. They will not be armed with guns, officials said.
The volunteer force will help police by providing security during disasters, unscheduled events or at government buildings or infrastructure facilities like power stations and transportation facilities.
Volunteer members will be trained on use of force, weapons proficiency, hazardous materials awareness and other areas required of police officers.
"Through their direct involvement, the men and women recruited to serve will be afforded the authority to work alongside police in keeping our city's residents and visitors safe," Ambrose said.
Those interested in the program may apply online at:npd.newarkpublicsafety.org/formsandreports. Applicants will have to go through an interview process.
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