Niagara County Auxiliary Police dissolves

Posted at 6:41 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 18:55:02-05

A group known for their presence at a number of Niagara County concerts and parades has disbanded, and county and local police are working to fill their role.

Jonathon Schultz, director of Emergency Services tells 7 Eyewitness News in June of 2016, members of the Niagara County Auxiliary Police unit expressed concerns about their safety.

The unit is a volunteer group and some of the members have law enforcement experience. The auxiliary group is primarily responsible for traffic control at Niagara County parades and major events.

"They felt that they were unsafe out there doing their duties so hey wanted to carry firearms," Schultz says.

After EMS consulted with the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, it was decided the organization should restructure, but says auxiliary members didn't want to do that.

Calls and requests to the former auxiliary police chief and other members of the organization went unreturned.