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Eliot Auxiliary Police Division
Eliot police auxiliary helps small-town force
By Ralph Morang
February 24. 2015 12:37PM
ELIOT, Maine - This town was recently named one of the safest in Maine and a share of the credit must go to the Eliot Police Auxiliary Division.
“I think that as a small police agency the auxiliary is a resourceful way to multiply and augment our department," said Lt. Elliot Moya, Police Department liaison to the auxiliary.
“I think we have helped in certain ways," added Auxiliary Chairwoman Vicki Uzzle. "There a lots of little things we do to make our community safer.”
The nine-member Police Department (there is currently one vacancy) is assisted by the 15- to 20-member volunteer auxiliary.
“It helps to foster a proactive positive partnership between the department and our residents," Moya said.
The auxiliary has several programs. The Citizen Check-up Program offers someone living alone or recovering from an illness a daily well-being call. An auxiliary volunteer will call the resident weekdays at 10 a.m. to say hello. If there is no answer, a second call will be placed 20 minutes later, and if there is again no answer, a police officer will be sent to the home.
“This program has been especially helpful during this tough winter as it brought some potentially hazardous issues to the attention of the Police Department that we would not have otherwise known about,” Moya said.
Moya and officer Brian Delany have even shoveled out a woman’s car so she could get to a medical appointment. To sign up for the free check-up program, call Moya at (207) 439-1179 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide the name, address and phone number of the person to be put on the check list. Moya or one of the volunteers will contact the person for further information.
Auxiliary volunteers also deploy the “speed trailer,” a portable sign that flashes speeds of vehicles that is placed in areas around town to promote the police presence. One member conducts hand-held radar speed details, submits reports and identified problem areas get more attention from police. Members also participate in traffic control assistance for parades, festivals, road races and emergencies. They help with the National Night Out, Eliot Festival Days, Halloween and trick or treat night, as well as the Thanksgiving dinner baskets and holiday giving tree.
Other duties are searches during missing persons calls, participating in community crime watch, undertaking Operation ID to encourage neighbors to number their homes, and volunteering for school traffic patrols.
Uzzle said it costs nothing to join except time and effort. “We are a helpful group of people that takes some of the weight off the Police Department, watching out for citizens in our town and making sure they are safe,” she said.
The auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. at the police station at 27 Dixon Road. Click “Community Resource” in the menu at www.eliotpolice.org to learn more about the Eliot Police Auxiliary and the Citizens’ Police Academy.
Volunteers In Police Service
Goal of the Program:
The mission of the Eliot Police Department is to work with the community to reduce crime, the fear of crime and improve the quality of life in the Town of Eliot. The Eliot Police Department would like to find volunteers who care about the needs of citizens in their community, who think less of their own wants and more about the needs of others, who find within themselves a sense of bravery and generosity, and who feel an obligation to serve their community.
What are the duties of Auxiliary Members?
The primary duties of an Auxiliary Member are to support and assist our police officers while serving the community.
The members of the Auxiliary may be called upon for duties such as (but not limited to)
Applications are available at the police department or by contacting Judy Smith at email@example.com