WINNIPEG POLICE SERVICE C AUXILIARY FORCE CADETS PROGRAM Questions

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					    WINNIPEG POLICE SERVICE – AUXILIARY FORCE CADETS PROGRAM

                              Questions and Answers

The Program

  Q1   Why is the Police Service starting an Auxiliary Force Cadets program?
       This is part of Chief McCaskill’s vision of building stronger relationships with the
       community. Proposed provincial legislation, The Police Services Act, also
       provides authority for the Police Service to establish a community safety cadet
       program, to work with police officers to prevent crime and enhance public
       safety in the community.

  Q2   When will the Auxiliary Force Cadets program begin?
       Recruitment for the first class of Auxiliary Cadets is underway and citizens can
       expect to see Cadets fulfilling their duties in late November 2010.

  Q3   How many Auxiliary Force Cadets will there be?
       Appendix “D” to the Collective Agreement indicates there can be up to 200
       Auxiliary Force Cadets. There will be 30 Cadets hired in 2010, and an
       additional 20 full-time equivalents in January, 2011.

  Q4 What’s so different about this program?
      This program is an innovative staffing arrangement negotiated between the
      Winnipeg Police Service and Winnipeg Police Association, to enhance policing
      services to Winnipeggers, in a cost-effective manner.

       While there are numerous versions of auxiliary police and cadets in Canada,
       we believe the Winnipeg Police Service is now at the forefront of enhancing
       policing services. Our initiative is unique in Canada as Cadets will:
       be peace officers, and paid employees of the Service carry handcuffs, baton
       and pepper spray act independently to respond directly to certain calls (e.g.,
       traffic lights out or assist by provide assistance to police members already on
       scene (e.g., guarding crime scenes, mental health patients)

       Other Canadian agencies have various blends of volunteers and paid
       employees, but many do not have an operational focus, and are required to
       work directly with an officer at all times. Winnipeg Police Service Auxiliary
       Cadets will have a high level of independent engagement in operational
       activities and visual presence and involvement within the community.


  Roles and Responsibilities

  Q5   What will be the role of Auxiliary Force Cadets?
       Cadets will assist the Police Service and supplement the duties performed by
       police officers and staff. Cadets will be a separate and distinct classification
       within the staff sector of the WPS. Their main roles will be to:
       ▫ be a visible presence to promote safety and security in areas throughout
           the city,
       ▫ build on relationships between WPS and the community, and
     ▫   permit greater opportunity for police officers to concentrate their efforts on
         core policing duties.

Q6   What types of duties will Auxiliary Force Cadets perform?
     Appendix “D” outlines what Auxiliary Force Cadets can and cannot do. While
     not intended to perform the duties of existing police and staff members, cadets
     may be deployed to:
     ▫ high-visibility, community/neighbourhood foot patrols,
     ▫ provide assistance with pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic and
         crime/collision scenes,
     ▫ supervise (in an appropriate medical facility) non-violent persons who are
         under examination orders of The Mental Health Act,
     ▫ receive initial information and commence report-taking activities for minor
         property-related offences and motor vehicle collisions, within a police facility
         and under the direction of a nearby police officer,
     ▫ perform minor administrative support duties,
     ▫ assist in ground search activities under the direction of officers,
     ▫ perform neighbourhood safety audits,
     ▫ hand out promotional/information materials as assistance to police officers
         making neighbourhood/personal safety presentations,
     ▫ attend reports of non-violent persons under The Intoxicated Persons
         Detention Act, traffic light malfunction reports and parking by-law
         complaints,
     ▫ provide support at special events, and
     ▫ conduct traffic and pedestrian control for certain public events.


Human Resources

Q7   Is this program designed for Auxiliary Force Cadets to become police
     officers?
     The program is, in part, intended to identify individuals for consideration as
     future police officers and to assist in those individuals’ development in that
     regard.

Q8   Will Auxiliary Force Cadets fall under the police or staff sector?
     Cadets are a unique component of the staff sector.

Q9   What is the screening and selection process for Auxiliary Force Cadets?
     It will mirror the police recruiting process, with a few slight differences. It will
     include an in-depth background investigation.

Q10 Will Auxiliary Force Cadets have any advantage in the police Constable
    selection process?
    The Cadet and Constable application processes and competitions are
    separate. Cadets interested in applying for a Constable position are required to
    compete equally with external applicants. Being accepted into the Cadet
    program does not mean the applicant is automatically accepted into the
    Constable recruitment.
Q11 What details are available for the part time jobs?
    The Cadet complement is a mix of full- and part-time employees.
    Part-time Cadets are required to work full-time for the first 16 weeks of
    employment to accommodate mandatory training.
    After mandatory training, part-time Cadets can expect to work approximately 15
    to 20 hours per week with more available hours during the summer months.
    The Service will establish, twice a year, the minimum number of hours part time
    Cadets must work.
    Part-time shifts will vary from four to 12 hours in duration.
    There is no maximum number of hours part-time Cadets may work.
    The Service will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the personal
    availability of part-time Cadets.

Q12 I have recently applied for a police Constable position. Do I have to repeat
    all steps of the Cadet application process?
     You must attend to hand in your application.
     If you have already provided all your original educational documentation then
     you are only required to provide the original information that is different since
     your last application.
     You must provide a driver’s abstract dated within 30 days of your Cadet
     application.
     You must provide a WPS-PAT certificate indicating successful completion
     dated one year of your application date.
     A successful pass of the written test and panel interview for the Constable
     process is sufficient for the Cadet application. You would therefore proceed to
     the background investigation phase (Step 4)

Q13 Will becoming an Auxiliary Force Cadet be required as a stepping-stone
    to applying for police Constable?
    No.

     May I apply for a Cadet position the same time as I apply for a Constable
     position?
     Yes.

Q14 Will there be a different training program established for Auxiliary Force
    Cadets who are selected as police Constable recruits?
    No, it is anticipated that the police Constable recruit class will always have a
    blend of former Cadets and those that never applied to be a Cadet. The nine-
    week in-class Cadet training syllabus has some duplication; however has a
    different focus and level of detail due to the powers granted to a police officer.

Q15 Will there be a reduction in the number of police or staff?
    No. Cadets are not intended to replace police or staff in any way, or to reduce
    the police or staff complements.
Equipment, Authorities

Q16 What authority will Auxiliary Force Cadets hold?
    Auxiliary Force Cadets will have limited peace officer status, enabling them to
    control traffic, issue PONs for incidents occurring in the course of their
    assignments, and perform duties under such provincial statutes as The
    Intoxicated Persons Detention Act and The Mental Health Act.

Q17 Will Auxiliary Force Cadets wear uniforms? What will the uniforms look
    like?
    Yes. The Auxiliary Force Cadet uniform will be clearly distinguishable from the
    police officer uniform.

Q18 What types of equipment will Auxiliary Force Cadets carry? Will they be
    armed?
    Appendix “D” outlines that the Service will provide Auxiliary Force Cadets with
    the required elements of the uniform, and will also provide pepper spray and
    baton. Auxiliary Force Cadets will also be equipped with soft body armour,
    slash gloves, and hand cuffs. They will not be armed with firearms or Tasers.

Q19 Will Auxiliary Force Cadets have vehicles?
    Auxiliary Force Cadet will have access to some vehicles to assist them with
    various tasks.


Training

Q20 What training will Auxiliary Force Cadets receive?
    They will receive nine weeks of in-class training on provincial statutes and civic
    by-laws, communication skills, cultural diversity, powers of arrest, use of force
    and many other topics. This will be supplemented by seven weeks of field
    training. Cadets are paid for the entire training period.

Q21 Is there on-going training required?
    Cadets will be provided with on-going training during regular scheduled
    shifts from time to time. Topics will vary from refresher basic training to
    providing interesting and dynamic opportunities to learn more about the
    policing, law enforcement and social services field.


Operations and Administration

Q22 Who will supervise Auxiliary Force Cadets?
    The Auxiliary Force Cadets program itself will be overseen by a central
    administrator within the WPS. Operationally, Auxiliary Force Cadets will be
    directed by dedicated police supervisors (Patrol Sergeants).
Q23 Will Auxiliary Force Cadets work alone or in pairs?
    When assigned to work on any neighbourhood patrol duties or as appropriate,
    Cadets will work in pairs.

Q24 What shifts/hours will Auxiliary Force Cadets work?
    Full-time Cadets work day and evening shifts which span both weekday and
    weekends. The hours of operation are approximately 18 hours per day, every
    day of the year.

Q25 What facilities will Auxiliary Force Cadets work out of?
    The Cadet section will be first to move into the new and future WPS building
    located on Graham, formerly the Canada Post building.


Other

Q26 When did the old Cadet program end, and how is this new one different?
    A previous cadet program was discontinued by WPS in the 1980s. That
    program used cadets primarily for inside, administrative duties. The proposed
    program is quite different in that the Cadets will be patrolling neighbourhoods,
    and will provide a visible presence and interact with citizens throughout the city.

				
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