Why I volunteer with the auxiliary police

Bay Village auxiliary police officers Victoria Dehmalo and Lt. Jeff Hartz.

I began volunteering with the Auxiliary Police in Bay Village to follow in the footsteps of my father, Jack Hartz. He was a member of the organization for 36 years and was Captain for many of those, and I had the distinct pleasure of working under his command during my 26 years and counting. His inspiration is still felt in the group and sets the bar for where we would like our Auxiliary Police force to be.

I have had the honor of serving my community in many capacities including auxiliary officer, jailer and kennel officer. I take great pride in the work I do for the city. The benefit that we provide to the community is for the most part unrecognized because we supplement the regular police force and basically blend in. Working such things as traffic control, downed power lines and crime scenes amongst many others is just what we do. If there is a severe storm, chances are our members are out assisting with downed power lines and traffic. The members freely give of their time to make things safe for the city at large.

Being a member of the group has also given me the opportunity to experience many interesting and touching things, such as assisting with a presidential motorcade, flying with LifeFlight, assisting with high profile cases and providing valuable manpower. All things I never could have experienced had I not been a Auxiliary Policeman.

One last very important benefit is the camaraderie. We are socially active and have functions for our members and families to thank them for their service. I have had the good fortune of working and becoming great friends with many people through this organization and the Bay Village Police Department as a whole.

I look forward to serving the Department and City for many years to come and appreciate the service of my fellow Auxiliaries.

The Bay Village Auxiliary Police is currently seeking new members to build its volunteer force. They are seeking those over 21 years of age with a desire to serve their community and help make it safe.

The BVAPD is a supplement to the Bay Village Police Department and serves many purposes such as traffic control, crowd control and assisting in times of emergency, as well as other needs. Members also work in conjunction with the Bay Village Police Officers and ride along, as well as patrol the city. The Auxiliary receives valuable training as well as uniforms and holds regular planning/training meetings.

Those interested can get an application at the Bay Village police station located at 28000 Wolf Road.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:23 AM, 08.20.2013