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Classifications and Special Assignments
In practical terms, Auxiliary Police officers are classified as either independent or non-independent for operational assignment purposes.
Independent officers can and do work "solo" assignments the same as full-time officers who have been "cut loose" and may be found working in various traffic enforcement capacities or in beats as either primary or spare units.
Non-independent officers often work beats as the second officer in a two officer unit although they may work independently in certain circumstances.
All Auxiliary Officers (independent and non-independent) work special support assignments as required.
Special assignments compose a significant portion of our workload and include support of the Chesapeake Jubilee, football game security, city council security, traffic direction for special events, holiday season mall security patrols and other venues requiring the presence of a uniformed police force.
Involvement ranges from total responsibility for/control of an event (e.g., bike races, smaller parades, etc.) to integrated support of department wide efforts (e.g., Christmas parade, Jubilee, etc.).
Since 2008 there has been an increase in attention given enforcement activities and associated formal/field training.