The Forest Park Auxiliary Unit is a volunteer organization whose main purpose is to support the police department when additional manpower is required. The unit started out as a Civil Defense organization during the 1960’s and evolved into an auxiliary police unit as the needs of the village changed. Forest Park currently has 25 auxiliary officers in the unit.
Auxiliary officers are utilized for all village events and are trained in traffic/crowd control. Officers also conduct foot patrols in the Madison Street Business District during peak times and assist citizens and business’ with calls for service.
The Auxiliary Unit wear’s the same uniform as the department’s regular officers, with the exception of different colored patches. Officers are required to complete and pass an Illinois mandated 40-hour firearms course prior to any department training. Once that course is completed officers start training with Field Training Officers and in house training provided by the department’s instructors.
Requirements to become an Auxiliary Officer:
- Must be 21 years of age
- Must be a United States Citizen
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Possess a valid Illinois drivers license
- Pass an extensive background check
- Pass a written exam with a minimum score of 70 percent
- Have no Felony or serious misdemeanor conviction