Auxiliary Traffic Unit

The Auxiliary Police Division was established in the Fall River Police Department in 1950. Today we are one of the largest and most active in the State. Personnel are on duty every week. The Division comprises 45 volunteer members who assist the Department with assignments from the Chief of Police. Duties are traffic control and direction at parades and processions, also crime prevention and security details at community and charitable events. They also assist the Emergency Management Director of the City during emergencies.

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Recruiting information may be obtained by contacting Deputy Police Chief Charles J. Cullen, Commander, at 508–676–8511, extension 173. Eligibility requirements are U.S.A. citizens age 18 to 65, residents of Fall River, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea, and Westport only, no criminal felony record, current Massachusetts driver's license, excellent health and physical fitness, good moral character, high school graduate or general education equivalency certificate, and successfully complete a through background investigation and interview board. Weekend availability is imperative and a minimum of 4 volunteer hours per week including a monthly meeting and training class is mandatory.


Successful candidates must successfully complete the Auxiliary Police Officer Basic Training Program for recruits. Instruction will be classroom, field, and on job training. The training consists of Automated External Defibrillator AED, baton certification, CPR cardio pulmonary resuscitation, department organization, rules and regulations, standard operating policies and procedures, Emergency Management Agency organization, First Responder first aid, patrol procedures, police vehicle operation, radio communications, report writing, traffic direction and enforcement.  Upon appointment equipment and uniforms are issued by the Department.

Deputy Police Chief Charles J. Cullen

Auxiliary Police Division