The police auxiliary complements the base through volunteering

“Sometimes it’s good to just contribute without expectation or motive,” says longtime auxiliary officer in Barrie

In the wonderful world of volunteer opportunities, one that helps keep your community safe might be high on the list.

What better way to do that than to be part of the Barrie Police Auxiliary Unit?

So thought Const Special. Kelly McBride, who is now an auxiliary unit platoon sergeant after joining the service in 2005.

“I have always admired the police, the discipline of wearing the uniform, enforcing the law, multi-tasking and interacting with, serving and protecting the community,” she says. BarrieToday. “I see them as the glue of a civil and democratic society and I also felt that life really begins, when you begin to serve.”

The Barrie Police Department Auxiliary Unit is made up of a group of volunteers who assist regular patrol officers with uniformed duties and during special events.

“Auxiliary police complement the service and our community by adding thousands of volunteer hours,” McBride says. “Currently, you can browse the ranks of the Barrie Police Department and see many officers who began their policing careers as Auxiliary Constables.”

Own current job description Operational Support Division-Court Services Unit-Court Security is a “casual part-time” paid position, she adds.

“Before COVID started, I was based only at the Barrie Courthouse at 75 Mulcaster Street, where I worked as security, screening people entering through the front door from a security perspective,” explains McBride. “When (the pandemic) hit, the courthouse moved many of its cases to Zoom/virtual courts and the number of public access and custody dropped to practically less than a dozen people a day .”

She was then redeployed to police headquarters to coordinate and execute only out-of-custody and in-custody DNA orders. As one of the senior DNA officers in the courts, she carried out the orders of the DNA judge upon sentencing in custody cases.

Her auxiliary training also involved her in interesting events some small, some not so much over the years.

“In 2010, I was chosen, along with several of my other court officers, to attend and work in the cell block with special constables from the Toronto police for the G20 Summit in Toronto,” says McBride. “As we know in retrospect, this turned out to be a very complex and controversial time in Canadian political and policing history. For me, it was a welcome and eye-opening experience.

Her life of giving back also included a stint with Georgian Bay Volunteer Search and Rescue (2010 to 2017) and she is currently a member of Volunteer Corps Ontario.

When the 45-year-old Barrie resident began her journey as a volunteer police officer in 2005, she says she had no idea where it would take her or the impact it would have on her community.

“I’ve been involved in so many events over the years: helping out with RIDE programs, directing traffic for annual military parades, Remembrance Day ceremonies, or worthwhile community charity events like the Fun Ride Rotary, CIBC Run for the Cure, Special Olympics Torch Run. , or social awareness events like the Gay Pride Parade, Out of the Cold, Take Back the Night, to name a few,” says McBride. “Or there are simple, educational events for children in schools to teach them about the impact of using drugs.

“I helped search for missing persons, solicited information from the public, secured crime scenes alongside regular officers, spent a summer doing shifts with the marine unit on Kempenfelt Bay and performed thousands of hours of rides with regular officers. all over the city,” she adds.

Most recently, she helped secure neighborhoods and direct and redirect contractors and traffic in southeast Barrie after last summer’s devastating tornado.

“I can only think that with many budgets and resources equipment and personnel stretched across all segments of business in Barrie and in policing through COVID, that those of us involved in volunteering, whether in policing or elsewhere, are indeed making Barrie a best place,” McBride said.

“Not only do we Auxiliaries provide much-needed support, but our invaluable training makes us worthy candidates who can provide an added layer of protection and service within our growing community.”

People who give of themselves get something back, McBride says.

“Volunteering is a selfless act that sometimes has a way of putting things into perspective with so many aspects of life today,” she adds. “Sometimes it’s good to just contribute without an expectation or motive.”

Comments are closed.