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August 27th, 2008


by Mr. Norman Maine

A.P.O. Marmol, A.P.O. Frederick, and Sgt Sterling.

When I was asked by the editor to write a piece about the New York City Police Department Auxiliary Police I thought to myself, ugh, a story about more dogooder, Barney Fife wanna-be’s: booooring. But being the kind and open-minded individual that I am, I agreed to do it.

I met with Mauricio J. Marmol, who was kind enough to stop by the SJ office, drop off some materials on the Auxiliary Police and sit and talk with me for a few minutes.

Well, It’s a good thing I listened because I was amazed at what he had to say about this largely unnoticed and obviously under appreciated division of the New York City Police Department.

The men and women of the Auxiliary Police volunteer their time to patrol the city FOR FREE! The only money they receive is an annual uniform allowance and that’s it–no per diem, no health insurance, nothing. They do it because they want to help, because they love their city and take pride in the fact that New York is the safest big city in the country, and they have a hand in keeping it that way.

This is a great way to help out the city; and for many, it’s a steppingstone to a career in the Police Department. In order to become a member of the NYCPDAP you have to go through a 16 week “Auxiliary Police Basic Training Course” where you will be schooled in penal law, police science, powers of a Peace Officer, radio use, unarmed self defense, self defense with a straight baton, first-aid, arrest procedures, domestic violence and terrorism awareness. This is nothing to take lightly, and these very brave men and women take the time from their lives to study and pass a rigorous series of tests before they can even become a probationary Auxiliary Police Officer. Imagine this–you can’t ride a police bike or drive a patrol car without more training.

A.P.O Joni Scully & A.P.O. Mauricio Marmol.

This is very serious business and the Auxiliary Police is a big part of our city’s safety. They are involved in all types of patrol, including parks, streets, parades and most any event. The typical Auxiliary Police person works one shift a week for approximately 4 hours. There are roughly 3,000 Auxiliary Police serving in all 5 boroughs, and even though that sounds like a lot, they can always use more. Right now the 1st Precinct is in real need of volunteers and would welcome any interest the public could show, especially if some of our readers wanted to be come Auxiliary Police. If you met Auxiliary Police Officer Mauricio J. Marmol B. or others like him—a diverse cross section of our friends and neighbors, folks who come from all walks of life, including teachers, computer programmers, nurses, bankers, lawyers, and even students– you’d see how proud these people are to do the job they do, to give of their time. These people are a rare breed, whether they are helping assist in an arrest, directing traffic at an accident scene, helping a lost tourist or just being there on a subway platform or a street corner. The NYCPDAP is broadening the public’s perception of police presence, in the process making us all feel a little safer, a little more secure, all the while doing it for free and risking their own safety for ours. Stop and say thanks, or just a polite nod will do—just show your support. We need to appreciate these people and all they do in assisting arguably the greatest Police Department in the world. The department really needs your help, so if you think you have what it takes to become one of the New York City Police Departments Auxiliary Police, you can email them at, or call 212-AUX-1000, or call the 1st Precinct at 212-477-7461. You must be between the ages of 17 and 63, read and write English, live or work in New York City, be in good health, have no felony convictions or arrest record for certain offenses and be a U.S. Citizen or a lawful permanent resident. The next training course begins in September, 2008.

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