Auxiliary Program

The RCMP Auxiliary Program strengthens community and police partnerships by providing trained volunteers with the opportunity to perform a variety of authorized activities that enhance community policing and crime prevention initiatives.

In British Columbia, the Auxiliary Program operates under the leadership of the RCMP Commanding Officer in partnership with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Auxiliaries are trained and authorized to perform non-enforcement community policing and crime prevention activities such as:

  • community/special events
  • home and business safety checks, safety talks and activities
  • traffic and crowd control
  • disaster planning and emergency preparedness assistance
  • searches for lost persons


Volunteers with Peace Officer Status

RCMP Auxiliaries are volunteers who receive a BC Police Act Appointment as a sworn peace officer after completing the approved RCMP and Provincial Ministry of Justice training.

They are required to:

  • maintain RCMP security clearance standards, and
  • must complete a minimum of 180 hours annually.


  • are not employees
  • are covered by WorkSafe BC and insurance provided by the Province of British Columbia against accidental death and dismemberment, and civil liability.



The RCMP provides an Auxiliary with a uniform. The most identifiable markings are:

  • the shoulder flashes and patches which state the words Auxiliary/Auxiliaire



Auxiliary recruits must complete the RCMP training curriculum that includes physical, theory-based and practical training.

This training includes subjects such as:

  • law and police procedures, e.g. Criminal Code of Canada, Provincial Statutes, court room
  • procedures
  • effective communications and presentation skills
  • officer safety training
  • police techniques, e.g. evidence protection, hand cuffing, arrest, etc.
  • community policing and crime prevention activities

Continuous learning opportunities are provided to Auxiliaries, ensuring their skills and knowledge are kept current during their Appointment in the program.



To be considered as an RCMP Auxiliary, a candidate must be:

  • Minimum 19 years of age;
  • Maximum 60 years of age;
  • Proficient in English;
  • Committed to program for 2 years and 180 hours per year;
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident (5 years in Canada);
  • Have successfully completed high school or attained equivalent work-related experience;
  • Able to obtain RCMP reliability status security clearance;
  • Possess a valid Class 5 BC driver’s license;
  • Have no business or employment that may cause a conflict of interest.


Interested in Becoming an Auxiliary?

Richmond RCMP is excited to welcome applications to the Auxiliary Program. 

Auxiliaries are uniformed but unarmed and serve as sworn peace officers supporting the staff and regular members of the Richmond RCMP. Auxiliary volunteers are highly trained and dedicated volunteers who contribute to making our community safer. These specialized volunteers help foster connections between police and the communities they serve.

For Richmond RCMP, the first step in the application process is to attend an information session, where we will discuss minimum requirements, commitment, duties and training.  These information sessions will be advertised on the City of Richmond website, local newspapers, and in the City’s Community Safety app (search Richmond RCMP in the mobile app store), where we will be publicizing recruitment sessions under the Calendar of Events section.

You may also send an introductory email with your contact information to and we will notify you of the next recruiting information session.