There are five new officers joining the ranks as auxiliary officers with the Belleville Police service.
Jason Curlette, Ryan Fox, Sadie Montgomery, Dylan Becker and Cody Cleary-Poritt received their badges this morning (Wednesday).
Police Chief Ron Gignac says there isn’t much difference between an auxiliary officer and a police officer as they see the same things and are in the same situations.
He says he understands the sacrifice these officers and their families are making as his father was an auxiliary officer with the OPP in the Niagara region for 14 years.
Gignac explained the process to become an auxiliary officer is very regimented and strict and doesn’t deny it’s a hard and potentially lengthy process.
He says the officers are ready to begin hitting the streets with officers immediately.
The hiring of these five auxiliary officers brings their auxiliary contingent up to 15 members.