Sheriff’s Auxiliary

Our Mission

What is the Sheriff’s Auxiliary?
The Lorain County Sheriff’s Auxiliary was created in 1957 to provide a group of trained, informed volunteers who could be called upon during emergency situations or in the event of a disaster. Today’s Sheriff’s Auxiliary has evolved into a multi-task oriented program whose success relies in the commitment and unique skills offered by community-minded individuals.

For citizens who wish to experience police work through active involvement with the Lorain County Sheriff’s Auxiliary, we offer opportunities for citizens to become an integral part of the Sheriff’s organization. The Sheriff’s Auxiliary has proven to be a dedicated and efficient volunteer organization.

Who May Qualify?

Applicants must be at least 19 years of age, a U.S. Citizen, be able to read and write the English language, possess a valid Ohio drivers license, be in good general mental and physical condition, and of good moral character. Any felony conviction is disqualifying and misdemeanors and traffic records will be closely scrutinized and may be disqualifying. A high school diploma or GED is required.

What Does an Auxiliary Deputy Do?

Volunteer officers can perform a wide variety of duties, both at the Sheriff’s Office and for special events in the community. Auxiliary officers assist Deputies assigned to patrolling the roads and Corrections officers in the jail as well as assist in emergencies or civil disasters. They provide security for civic events and also participate in parades and events promoting crime prevention. Auxiliary members volunteer a combined average of more than 19,000 hours to Lorain County each year and their efforts contribute to the excellent quality of life in our county. Their operating funds are generally raised through donations.

Is Training Provided?

Once accepted, applicants must attend the auxiliary police academy that lasts approximately 3 months. 90% of the classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 pm to 10 pm. Academy training consists of classroom instruction on such topics as Ohio law, first aid, crime scene preservation, traffic control as well as self defense methods, and firearms qualification. Although Auxiliary members are not issued firearms, they must be capable of handling them in unusual or critical circumstances.

What is the Cost?

The Auxiliary Deputies purchase their own uniforms and duty belt as prescribed by the Sheriff’s Office.

Think you have what it takes? Do your part and become a volunteer!How do you apply?
 Just complete The Auxiliary Academy’s Application and mail it to the address below. Applications are available at vistors lobby window of the Sheriff’s Office or downloaded at the links provided. Auxiliary Academy Application – requires Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in to view.

Return completed applications to:

Lorain County Sheriff’s Office
Auxiliary Division
9896 Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035

If you have any questions or need more information please leave a voice mail for: Auxiliary Captain Bill Clem at (440) 329.3726.