Police Dept. Needs Auxiliary Officers

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Decatur – The Decatur Police Department is looking for dedicated volunteers to serve the community.

The auxiliary unit of the police department had forty officers a few years ago.  Now the number of officers is down to around twenty.  You don't have to have a law enforcement background.  Auxiliary officers have included small business owners, factory workers and executives.  And, there are opportunities to become regular officers on the police force.

“This would also be a good stepping stone if you're thinking about being a police officer but you're not really sure if that's what you want to do,” Deputy Chief Jim Getz told WAND News.  “We've had several that over the years start out as auxiliaries and they're currently employed as police officers.”

One officer that has moved up from being an auxiliary is Jamie Hagemeyer. 

“I always knew I wanted to be a police officer,” Hagemeyer told WAND's Doug Wolfe.  “I knew how they worked and the paperwork and it was extremely helpful.”

Auxiliary officers are not paid.  They do carry a gun which the officer purchases.  A background check will be conducted if you apply.  You can find an application on the Decatur Police Department website.

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