WINNIPEG POLICE SERVICE – AUXILIARY FORCE CADETS PROGRAM
Questions and Answers
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
▫ 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
▫ 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
▫ provide support at special events, and
▫ conduct traffic and pedestrian control for certain public events.
Q7 Is this program designed for Auxiliary Force Cadets to become police
The program is, in part, intended to identify individuals for consideration as
future police officers and to assist in those individuals’ development in that
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
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
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
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?
May I apply for a Cadet position the same time as I apply for a Constable
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.