By day, they hold positions such as lawyers, analysts, and technology specialists, but during their off-hours they donate much of their spare time to keeping Fairfax County safe as volunteers for the Fairfax County Police Department.
With 115 active Auxiliary Police Officers (APOs), the program just surpassed one million hours of service — giving back to the community of Fairfax County. Introduced in 1983 with just 52 men and women, the Auxiliary program has grown over the years in numbers and in its role.
Today APOs serve an expanded role conducting numerous public safety tasks, which free up paid officers to perform other law enforcement-related functions.
APOs are sworn volunteers, trained to perform a variety of police operational support and administrative duties, including traffic control, prisoner transfers, crime prevention, crowd control, sobriety checkpoint duties, and many more. They undergo nearly 600 hours of training and are committed professionals, often stepping up to work long hours when public safety duties call.
â€œWe couldnâ€™t provide the high level of service our residents expect without them,â€ said Lieutenant Alan Hanson, supervisor of the program. Over the 28-year history of the program 446 APOs have served contributing to the achievement of this significant accomplishment.