How to Become

The Schenectady County Police Auxiliary ensures the safety of its Auxiliary Police Officers by requiring that they NOT pursue dangerous situations, but rather to remove themselves from such danger immediately. During training, recruits are repeatedly told that their purpose is to be the "eyes and ears" of the Police Department, and they are not required to enforce the law unless absolutely necessary. Although they are equipped, trained, and certified with DCJS on batons, handcuffs, OC spray (pepper) and fire arms, they are told that their most powerful weapon is the police radio, which allows them to call for back-up officers to the scene.

Auxiliary Police Officer Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Live in Schenectady County.
  • Have a clean driving record.
  • Be of good character and moral standing in your life and in your community.
  • Be in good health (Report any possible duty related restrictions).
  • Be able physically to perform duties prescribed.
  • Be able to read and write English (multilingual is a plus).
  • Never been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor and or violation or have a 
    previous arrest record that would prevent acceptance.
  • A U.S. Citizen and/or a permanent resident.
  • Represent your unit and Perform your duties in a professional manner at all times, in and out of uniform.

New members must also:

  • Sign an affidavit acknowledging compliance with Schenectady County Zero-Tolerance drug/alcohol policy.  You may also be asked to submit to a drug/alcohol screening.
  • Sign a Code Of Conduct and Unit By-Laws acknowledging acceptance affidavit of these rules and regulations.
  • Receive Hepatitis “C” inoculation. (Make sure to mention any limitations to this inoculation).

A complete Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) background check is performed on each new entry level member.

All new members have six (6) month training and probationary period to complete before the Peace Officer training is administered.

Auxiliary Police officers are not permitted to carry firearms while on duty until a one (1) year probationary period is completed and the County mandated 47 Hour Fire Arms training course has been taken and passed, even if they are currently privately licensed conceal carry.  There are no exceptions. Any officer that applies for a pistol permit and receives one from the county will have to wait the mandatory year before being considered for the 47 hour training course.

Note: Any officer carrying a firearm without completing the six (6) month probationary period or year mandated possession period will be immediately terminated from the unit and may face a criminal charge from the county.

How do you personally benefit as a Schenectady County Auxiliary Police Officer?

  • Self-satisfaction knowing that you are serving your community.
  • Continued professional training through consistently undated training programs.
  • Excellent experience for those considering a career in law enforcement.  Many of our officers have moved on to local and regional Schenectady, NYS Police and Sherriff Deputy positions as well as out of state law enforcement departments. They have been commended on the excellence in training and discipline brought to their new law enforcement appointments. This is mainly attributable to the training programs and refresher programs currently offered by the
  • Many local colleges offer credits to Criminal Justice Majors who successfully complete the many Federal, State and County mandated training courses provide by the Schenectady County Auxiliary Police Training team and the Schenectady County Sheriffs department.
  • Forging friendships and alliances with the unit membership that ultimately will bring a new sense of confidence and pride in your work, not just for the Auxiliary but in your Personal, Family and Work environment.



Contact Info

Mark LaViolette

Carmen Pantalone
Deputy Director

Ray Feurstein
Auxiliary Police Chief 

Emergency Management
130 Princetown Plaza
Schenectady, NY
(518) 370-3113