The Leland Police Department Auxiliary Division is an integral component of the agency. This classification was created by Village ordinance and has an authorized strength of twelve members, which includes an Auxiliary Police Lieutenant and an Auxiliary Police Sergeant. Auxiliary Police Officers do not supplement or replace, but rather augment, our full and part time Police Officers. Auxiliary Officers are highly dedicated volunteers who are held to, and represent, the strictest standards of professionalism.
Auxiliary Police Officers receive a variety of training in such areas as firearms, Control and Arrest Tactics, use of force, and criminal law. Continuous training, which follows a field training period, prepares these Officers for the eventual opportunity to attend the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Basic Police Academy. Many of the Department’s Auxiliary members have become part-time Leland Police Officers, and a number have moved on to large metropolitan police departments where they now work full time.
The primary focus of Leland Auxiliary Police Officers is:
1. To aid and direct traffic within the municipality.
2. To aid in control of natural or man-made disasters.
3. To aid in case of civil disorder, as directed by the Chief of Police.
4. Under the direction of the Chief of Police, when it is impractical for members of the regular police department to perform those normal and regular police duties, to be assigned such duties.
Auxiliary Police Officers also provide assistance to part and full time Police Officers of the agency; they operate under the direction and supervision of a certified sworn Police Officer and thereby increase the safety of sworn Police Officers.
The Auxiliary Officers of this agency provide an invaluable service to the citizens of our Village and, with respect to Auxiliary Police programs, have set a precedent of standards in the law enforcement community.