The Auxiliary Cadet program involves leadership and mentorship development through team building activities, a physical fitness component that includes outdoor activities, maintaining excellent dress and deportment, and completing ongoing modular learning about the Calgary Police Service
Community Policing within the Calgary Police Service encompasses a philosophy that supports the use of partnerships, problem-solving techniques, and crime prevention strategies. The study of Community Policing within the Auxiliary Cadet Program will examine collaborative partnerships between the Calgary Police Service and local agencies, while emphasizing community consultation, adapting to the needs of different neighbourhoods, and accessing community resources. During Community Policing sessions, Auxiliary Cadets will demonstrate effective problem solving and practice positive relationship building while focusing on community issues and principles of community engagement.
While conducting regular duties at District front counters, Auxiliary Cadets will come in contact with people from diverse backgrounds whose value systems and lifestyles may differ from their own. By exploring their own individual beliefs and values, auxiliary cadets will increase their self-awareness, as well as develop the necessary skills and attitudes to professionally and respectfully interact with diverse cultures and community groups. Through diversity training, Auxiliary Cadets will better understand their role and responsibilities in terms of avoiding stereotyping and maintaining a healthy, respectful environment, free of personal biases. By serving all citizens equally, regardless of religious, political, or personal beliefs, auxiliary cadets will demonstrate the cultural competency to foster positive relationships and respect between the Calgary Police Service and individuals and communities within the City of Calgary.
The ability to communicate effectively is considered an asset in many areas of one’s life, from employment and education to relationship building. As effective communicators, Auxiliary Cadets will learn the art of speaking clearly and to the point, taking into account the importance of their audience or listener receiving the correct message and communicating accordingly. By presenting on a variety of topics, either in front of their peers or other groups, Auxiliary Cadets will learn to organize and present ideas logically and convincingly and to listen carefully to the ideas of others.
From an operational perspective, Auxiliary Cadets will also manage electronic files, access network systems, complete reports, communicate with CPS clients, and generally conduct daily business in accordance with CPS Policy and Procedure while adhering to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Information Act.
In terms of ethics and ethical behaviour, CPS members are expected to adhere to the core values of the Service by conducting themselves at all times with honesty, integrity, respect, fairness and compassion, and courage. Accordingly, Auxiliary Cadets will be expected to display behaviour consistent with these core values. By expressing themselves truthfully, while listening to the views of others and maintaining open communication, Auxiliary Cadets will deal with people fairly and in a manner that displays empathy and respect. By concentrating on core values, Auxiliary Cadets will explore ways they, as individuals, can reinforce an ethical environment at the CPS and display the courage to take a stand on issues of importance to themselves and the Service.
Because ethical decision making is often based on one’s values, Auxiliary Cadets will learn how a strong code of ethics and values will guide them when facing ethical dilemmas. As a result, Auxiliary Cadets will recognize the advantages that accompany ethical decision-making, as opposed to the complications that stem from unethical behavior.
Training in dispute resolution will prepare Auxiliary Cadets to deal effectively and resolutely with conflict, a common issue in everyday life. By learning dispute resolution techniques, Auxiliary Cadets will increase their awareness of conflict and develop strategies to control their emotions and behaviour when interacting with colleagues and citizens and when resolving issues that may arise at the District level. Applying dispute resolution strategies, in turn, will increase Auxiliary Cadets’ communication skills by improving their ability to maintain professional language and respectful conduct in stressful or adversarial situations.
Legal training within the Auxiliary Cadet Program provides a general understanding of federal, provincial, and municipal legislation, as well as a working knowledge of how the different forms of legislation are applied within the Calgary Police Service. Through an introductory study of law enforcement, Auxiliary Cadets will recognize the key purpose of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, how the Criminal Code provides information on criminal offences, and the structure of the court system in Canada, including the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Supreme Court of Canada. As well, a foundation in municipal bylaws and traffic law under the Alberta Traffic Safety Act (TSA) will provide auxiliary cadets a basic knowledge of licensing, registration, and insurance requirements, common traffic violations, and collision reporting.
During their four week program, Auxiliary Cadets will be introduced to the fundamental principles of effective report writing, where they will examine the contents of typical police reports, witness statements, and other supporting documents. In terms of how various information systems are used within the Calgary Police Service, Auxiliary Cadets will learn to record details of police-related incidents and how to submit reports on the Police Information Management System (PIMS), by phone-in, or via the CPS Intranet. As well as learning how to submit accurate and complete reports, Auxiliary Cadets will recognize how report writing serves as a means of communication between the CPS and other judicial and government stakeholders. When accessing CPS information systems, Auxiliary Cadets will learn to navigate various CPS networks and their database options, while applying appropriate CPS policy and procedure and complying with ethical and FOIP considerations.
DRILL, DRESS, AND DEPORTMENT
To begin their ongoing training in dress, drill, and deportment, Auxiliary Cadets are introduced to the history of the Calgary Police Service with respect to its origins, its fallen members, and its memorial awards. In accordance with expected standards of deportment and proper care and maintenance of uniforms, Auxiliary Cadets will demonstrate the care, maintenance, and wearing of their issued uniforms, including the proper wearing of jewellery and neatly trimmed hair as specified by CPS policy.
Drill instruction, by reinforcing alertness, military techniques, and teamwork, allows Auxiliary Cadets the opportunity to obey orders and execute commands as a highly trained and well-disciplined group. During regular drill exercises and drill inspections, Auxiliary Cadets will learn to perform synchronized group routines by following verbal commands and carrying out cohesive drill manoeuvres, which will culminate in their graduation parade, a traditional celebration of the training process.
In the event Auxiliary Cadets encounter situations at a District office where a person may require emergency or supportive care until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrives, First Aid training will provide them with the necessary skills to administer first aid and preserve life until specialist aid becomes available.
After completing First Aid eLearning modules as required, auxiliary cadets will engage in practical classroom activities where they will learn to mitigate and manage first aid emergencies until EMS arrives on scene. These practical hands-on activities will promote classroom discussion and prepare Auxiliary Cadets for the open book exam at the end of the session. During the practical component of First Aid training, Auxiliary Cadets will also demonstrate the use of CPS First Aid Kits and other first aid equipment, such as Automated External Defibrillators.
The Alberta Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (A-PREP) is an assessment tool used to evaluate a police applicant’s physical readiness and ability to perform the patrol duties required of a constable in Alberta. To address officer and public safety concerns, police recruits also receive training in subject control techniques, which is conducted in a safe, controlled environment, follows a relatively short and intense schedule, and is combined with consistent physical workouts. This combined training regime enables police recruits to meet the psychological and physical demands of policing.
While introducing Auxiliary Cadets to the physical training provided to police recruits, fitness training within the Auxiliary Cadet Program will also stress healthy lifestyle choices, maintaining an optimal fitness level, and injury prevention. During their physical training sessions, Auxiliary Cadets will participate in structured and varied forms of exercise to optimize their individual strength and fitness needs. These sessions will include appropriate warm-ups and progressive scheduling that gradually add complexity and intensity to their fitness training. Improving the physical fitness of each individual cadet will, in turn, increase their capacity to perform basic job functions, as well as engage in varied physical activities. As part of their personal fitness program, Auxiliary Cadets will be expected to maintain a log book and be prepared to participate in fitness testing at the end of the four week program.