The Marysville City Council approved a new police auxiliary program at their Monday night meeting. Police Chief Todd Ackerman requested the program to help with personnel issues in specific situations. The new auxiliary personnel would not be armed. According to Ackerman the auxiliary personnel would only use force as a last resort. Their primary function would be to observe and report, calling an officer for assistance if needed.
According to Ackerman auxiliary personnel would be used primarily for two specific situations: The supervision of persons needing medical care for mental health issues and the need for two people to escort persons on transports. Ackerman said that it can take hours until the appropriate doctor is available to examine and evaluate patients. During that time an officer must be present to supervise the person waiting to be evaluated. In the case of escorts, Ackerman said it requires two persons to transport an individual. One must be an officer but the second could be an auxiliary member of the police department. Staffing has been a problem for transports leading the Marysville Police Department to need the assistance of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department for transports.
Ackerman explained that it would be cheaper to pay an auxiliary member who would be at a lower hourly rate than a police officer, saving the city money. The council unanimously approved the creation of the auxiliary.