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Auxiliary Police

The Lakewood Auxiliary Police Unit has a long and cherished history in the city of Lakewood.  The current unit evolved from the Civil Defense Unit, formed in 1942 in response to the United States entry into World War II.  The type of work performed today is quite different than it was in 1942, but the level of service to the community has not diminished.

The Lakewood Auxiliary Police Unit is a vital part of both the Police Department and the community, assisting with the important duties such as traffic direction and crowd control at organized events.  They provide support at several events including: band concerts, Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks, Lakewood Arts Festival, Lakewood Community Festival and several annual road races.  Auxiliaries may find themselves operating Auxiliary Police vehicles in their duties and conducting uniformed foot patrol in city parks during the summer.

Auxiliary officers also have the opportunity to ride on patrol with and assist Lakewood Police Officers during their shift.  In 2013, the Auxiliary Police Unit volunteered over 1700 hours of time to the community, at over 50 different events.

The Auxiliary Police increase the safety of community events and provide necessary support to the police department.

Applicants for the Lakewood 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 Lakewood are welcome to apply.

Upon completion of training, auxiliary officers are protected under Ohio Worker’s Compensation and are provided with uniforms and equipment.

Applications are available at the Lakewood Police Station, 12650 Detroit Avenue.  They can also be accessed by clicking on the application link here.  They can be filled out online and emailed to Lt. Warner at, or printed out, filled in by hand and dropped off at the police station front service counter. For more information, contact Lieutenant Roger Warner at (216) 529-6781.

Have a look at this video about the Auxiliary Police on the city’s Youtube channel.