Auxiliary Unit

Auxiliary Unit

In 1956, the City of Ferndale established its first unit of the Police Auxiliary. The mission of the Police Auxiliary is to relieve regular line officers from performing auxiliary tasks and other functions that deplete the number of regular officers on the street.

The Auxiliary unit is used in a variety of functions ranging from crowd and traffic control to assisting regular officers search a crime scene for evidence. The unit also provides important assistance during disasters (i.e., to secure areas and direct traffic because of downed power lines, flood areas and many other disaster situations).

The Auxiliary unit is a group of dedicated volunteers striving for the betterment and safety of the entire Ferndale community.  Visit our Community Partners page to view other organizations that are dedicated to the betterment of the Ferndale community.

The Process

It is the responsibility of the Ferndale Police Department to respond to citizen issues promptly and efficiently. It is also important to be aware that there may be issues that don't offer an immediate resolution. These conflicts include:

  • Agency policies
  • Environmental requirements
  • Public safety practices
  • Delivery of service
  • Employee conduct

The resolution of these issues is important to the department in order to maintain the highest professional standards.


If your complaint has not been resolved by the employee you first contacted, you may request to speak to the on-duty supervisor.  

  • This can be done in person or over the phone.  
  • If a supervisor is not available immediately, you will have the option to schedule a return phone call or an appointment.


The  supervisor on-duty will attempt to resolve your issue. If a resolution has not been met, a Citizen Complaint Form should be filled out and submitted.  

  • This is available in person or online
  • This form will be investigated by the officer’s shift Lieutenant; once completed, it will be reviewed by the Patrol Division Commander and Chief of Police.


After your complaint is processed, you will be informed of the final disposition by phone and mail. These determinations can include: sustained (sufficient evidence), not sustained (insufficient evidence), exonerated (lawful incident), or unfounded (false allegation). If additional information is desired, our staff will be happy to provide further detail or reevaluate as needed.

Water Safety Information

The City of Ferndale performs regular water sampling and testing in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and we continue to surpass water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The City provides comprehensive information about lead, chemicals, and other contaminants. For more information, see below.

Lead and Your Public Drinking Water

Surpasses EPA water quality standards, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory annual testing of each of their community water suppliers. Most recent testing, courtesy of the 2018 Consumers Annual Water Quality Report, shows levels that once again exceed regulation requirements and standards. To learn more about lead testing and water safety, view Lead and Your Water Supply: An Informational Guide.

PFAS and Your Public Drinking Water

Not detected in any water supply, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory testing of their water supply to ensure that PFAS, or chemical perfluoroalkyl substances, are not present in community drinking water supplies. Most recent testing of water in five sources (Detroit-based Water Works Park, Springwells, and Northeast water treatment plants, Allen Park-based Southwest Water Treatment Plant, and Lake Huron), performed 2222, confirmed that PFAS was not detected at any level/in any water source. You can view the report for more information.

PFAS Report: Southeast Ferndale

February 2019: The City of Ferndale learned from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now EGLE) of the discovery of PFAS at the privately owned business property located at 1221 Farrow Street, Ferndale, identified as MacDermid, Inc.—a small chemical manufacturing and warehouse facility. Monitoring occurred at the bases of two former waste lagoons, and contamination appears limited to a small, perched zone of groundwater. The designation of this groundwater prevents it from being used as a drinking water source, and stormwater runoff from the contaminated area is captured and treated before discharge to the GLWA. Because this is a reportedly contained issue on private property, EGLE is working directly with the business/property owner(s) to excavate and re-sample. MDEQ recommended no community outreach at this time; the City has elected to publish this information in an effort to maintain transparency and information.

For more information, view the MDEQ report or contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.


Are uniforms and equipment provided by the Ferndale Police Department?

The Ferndale Police Department provides uniforms, name badges, and bullet resistant vests.  Auxiliary members are required to purchase a department-approved firearm and all leather gear (belts, holsters, belt keepers and cuff case).  Other equipment includes whistles, flashlights, rain hat covers, and radio holsters.  Equipment costs can exceed $1,500.

What are some of the functions preformed by the auxiliary unit?

  • State Fair pedestrian crosswalk
  • Memorial Day Parade directing traffic and security at the parade
  • Dream Cruise traffic and crowd control
  • Art Fair & Pride Fair
  • Halloween Patrol
  • Evidence searches at crime scenes (assisting the Detective Bureau)
  • Surveillance Projects (capacity of observation and reporting via radio)
  • Many other city functions

What are the requirements to become an auxiliary officer for Ferndale Police?

  • Have a high school diploma
  • Be subjected to a background check
  • Have no criminal record
  • Pass an oral board interview
  • Approval and acceptance by the command staff of the Ferndale Police Department

What kind of training do auxiliary officers receive?

Ferndale Police Auxiliary members receive a great deal of training, both ongoing as well as formal training. Formal training is conducted at Oakland Community College, Oakland Police Academy. The Auxiliary receives 120 hours of classroom and range time, covering 14 topics in the classroom. Topics include:

  • duties & responsibilities
  • public relations
  • criminal law
  • civil liability
  • vehicle stops
  • mechanics of arrest
  • patrol techniques
  • police communication
  • report writing
  • drunk driving enforcement
  • traffic direction and control
  • first aid
  • narcotics and dangerous drugs
  • firearms training
  • defensive tactics

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