The efficiency of a Police Service can be improved if work that does not need a fully trained and armed Officer is delegated to others. Cobourg’s Police service now has Auxiliary Police and Special Constables as well as civilians typing up reports. They are making a big effort to be part of the Community and in the announcement today about tiered policing, Deputy Chief Paul VandeGraaf placed a major emphasis on Community Engagement and how the Auxiliary Police and Special Constables help with that. As a result, the 34 regular Officers can devote more time to things like patrols downtown (typically two per day according to DBIA Chair Adam Bureau). The quality of their work is also improved with the recently announced Mental Health Liaison Unit.
At the announcement at the Police station, not only were many of the Police staff there but also in attendence were MPP Lou Rinaldi, Mayor Gil Brocanier, Councillors Brian Darling and Aaron Burchat, CAO Stephen Peacock and DBIA chair Adam Bureau.
These are volunteers who also have a paid job elsewhere. They help primarily with community events. There are currently 11 of these.
These are part time and paid. They are called upon when there is need for additional help and may have special skills such as knowledge of forensics. They were originally used only for court security and although they still do that, their role has expanded such as to help with liquor licence enforcement. There are currently 15 special constables although some are currently in training.
Police Kai Liu said that the use of tiered policing improves efficiency and saves money and allows the Police service to respond to crime more effectively as well as gives them more time for social development.
Overall, DBIA chair Adam Bureau rated Cobourg Police as “By far the best proactive Police service in this area”. He said that the Chief, Deputy Chief and all officers “really care about the community” and are community oriented. Adam was pleased that the Deputy Chief recently joined the DBIA board.