The Pembroke Police Department is adding an auxiliary unit of trained volunteers to help it deal with large civic events and emergencies.
The announcement was made at Monday’s City Council meeting.
The unit is still in the formative stages but already has seven volunteers. Ideally, it will grow to about a dozen members who will train monthly and serve in a variety of roles.
“About 12 to 14, that’s a pretty good number of folks to have available,” said PPD Inspector Kelly Price, who stood in for interim chief Stacy Strickland at Monday’s council meeting while Strickland attended training.
“They all have full-time jobs and family obligations, so we want to have enough where at any given time we will have half of them available for large events or should an emergency come up.”
Price said Pembroke’s seven-person police department isn’t understaffed, but there are times when having extra manpower will be helpful.
“A prime example is the weather conditions we just went through,” Price said. “We want to be prepared for anything we can possibly be prepared for.”
While auxiliary members won’t be armed, won’t have the power of arrest and aren’t sworn officers, they will serve as extra eyes and ears in the community and free up police to handle more pressing matters, according to auxiliary volunteer Sharroll Fanslau.
Fanslau, who is also director of Pembroke’s Downtown Development Authority, said she volunteered because it’s important to support police.
“I really feel honored to be in the auxiliary. We can do the menial work that will take them away from their regular duties,” said
Fanslau, who is serving along with her husband. “We can help them and give them the freedom to be able to go where they’re needed more.
Read more in the Feb. 12 edition of the News.