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Thanks for the info Wiggum. I was actually under the impression that most aux depts/reserve divisions make you pay for the academy and your uniforms/equipment. It's definately a plus that they pay for those things once you get on (it's a nice incentive for people to volunteer their time and energy).
 

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I'm from the immediate Metro-Boston area. However, I currently go to school out in Worcester. I'm currently in my last year, so I'll most likely move back to my town after the school year ends in May 2005. I know that my town has an active auxiliary, which I am looking into. I'm pretty sure that they don't carry or have any powers, though. I was informed of the latter by someone who answered my initial phone call to the dept's Community Services Division. However, I was later informed by someone else in the division that aux's patrol on weekend nights just like the regulars, except their duties are more assistive rather than front-line work. So, I'm not 101% sure about what exactly they can do, but it sounds like they don't do things like make traffic stops or felony arrests (Although I could still be wrong at this point, because I don't have all the facts).

I know that if I choose to apply to (and get accepted by) an auxiliary, it's going to be a significant commitment no matter where I apply to. I am looking into becoming an aux. officer for two reasons: 1)Because I currently do community service work at school and really like serving communities/helping others, 2)Because LE is one of the career fields I am considering, and I'd like to get a first-hand look at what it might actually be like. Moreover, even if I decide not to pursue LE full-time, I might still consider being an Aux. in addition to the full-time profession that I choose to pursue. It seems like an awesome way to serve one's community. Also, it's probably a lot more exciting, at times, than candy-stripeing (sp?) in a hospital; been there, done that.

I'm conflicted on the subject of whether or not to apply to a dept that carries and has powers (vs. depts who don't). On one hand, it may be easier for me not to eat the whole enchilada all at once and just be more of an assistant (rather than a front-line participant). On the other hand, it concerns me a bit that the depts who don't carry/have powers let their officers go out on patrol (even if it is only schools/municipal buildings). I'm sure that to most crooks, all cops are the same no matter whether they get paid or are volunteert. If I interrupt a burglar who happens to be sociopathic, he probably won't care what my patch/badge says or what my uniform looks like. If I'm in his way, I'm just another cop (read: threat) to him, and he probably wouldn't think twice about shooting or stabbing me. Would you guys agree with this? Again, I'm am a total newbie to the field of LE, so I probably don't have all the facts straight. I would welcome your opinions and/or information.
 
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