Columbiana Auxiliary Police

About the Columbiana Auxiliary Police

The Columbiana Auxiliary Police was first formed in the  1940’s as a Civil Defense Unit with 22 men. It was soon boasting 42 members. A few years later, after deciding to part from the “Civil Defense”, as the members wanted to work only in their own community, the “Auxiliary Force” was formed.

The Columbiana Force was the first Auxiliary Unit in the area. Art Carpenter was named commander, and the unit was divided into three squads, with Carpenter leading one, and Sgt. Gene Hanna and Sgt. Herb Scott leading the other two. The Auxiliary unit serves as a backup unit for the Columbiana Police.

The Columbiana Auxiliary Police force helps with the traffic and crowd control at all special events held in the city, including the 4th of July Festival, the annual Columbiana Street Fair and Columbiana Christmas Parade. They also assist the regular department during natural disasters and power outages with in the city. Auxiliary officers also have the opportunity to ride on patrol with and assist Columbiana Police Officers during their shifts.

Become an Auxiliary Police Officer

The unit is currently accepting new members. If you are interested in helping your community, we encourage you to complete an application for our unit.
The Auxiliary Police increase the safety of community events and provide valuable support to the police department

How to Join the Auxiliary Police Unit

Applicants for the Columbiana Auxiliary must be at least 18 years of age, be a high school graduate or GED equivalent, have a valid Ohio driver’s license, and be able to pass a background investigation. Individuals who live outside of Columbiana are welcome to apply.

Newly appointed Columbiana Police Auxiliary members will receive training in a wide variety of topics, skills and departmental policy. This training is conducted by Columbiana Police officers. The training is normally done in two to three hour blocks, usually in the afternoon, evenings and weekends.
Each new officer will also have to complete ride-along training in the evening with senior auxiliary officers before being fully qualified to perform duties.

Upon completion of training, auxiliary officers are protected under Ohio Worker’s Compensation Insurance.

Applications are available at the Columbiana Police Station, 28 South Vine Street. For more information, contact Patrolman M. Grace [email protected] or Auxiliary Lieutenant H. McCullough [email protected] or by calling (330) 482- 9292.