Borough of 

500 Main St.
Metuchen, NJ 08840

Auxiliary Police

Auxiliary Police

The Metuchen Auxiliary Police is a group of well-trained Volunteer Police Officers consisting of men and women that serves the borough of Metuchen by volunteering countless unseen hours for the greater good of the community.

Basic Functions:

Auxiliary Officers handle traffic and crowd control during many events that occur during the year, such as the Metuchen Holiday Parade, Metuchen Country Fair, Metuchen Street Fair, Memorial Day Parade, Charity Walks / Runs and many more.

Auxiliary Officers maybe called out at any time to respond during major disasters or disastrous situations that may affect the Borough of Metuchen.

Auxiliary Officers also provide addition patrols within the Borough and are an extra set of eyes and ears for the police department.

Other assignments of the Auxiliary Police are to work with the Police Department to:

  • Assist in Emergency or Disastrous Situations
  • Court Room Security
  • Crowd Control
  • Emergency Call-outs
  • Fire Calls
  • First Aid Calls
  • Patrol (car patrol with other Auxiliary members or Full Officers of the Metuchen Police Dept.)
  • Reduce Hazards
  • Road Closures
  • Traffic Control
  • Also to provide services deemed necessary by the Chief of Police

Auxiliary Police help to enhance the quality of life for the citizens, visitors, and businesses of the community.

Requirements to be an Auxiliary Police Officer:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be over 18 years old
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid New Jersey Driver’s License
  • Pass a Criminal Background Investigation


All new members are required by the State of New Jersey to attend a Basic Auxiliary Police Academy before becoming an active member. The academy runs 14 to 16 weeks and the Middlesex County Auxiliary Police Academy, Middlesex County Prosecutors Office, and the Office of Emergency Management give the course.

Auxiliary Officers do not carry firearms.

However, during the training period, new members will receive hands on training in handcuffing, expandable batons (nightstick), OC Spray (mace), Self-defensive, and CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation / AED (Automated external defibrillator.

During the new members time at the academy they will be instructed in many different course such as:

  • Arrest Search and Seizure
  • Baton Defensive / Offensive
  • Bias crimes
  • Blood-Borne Pathogens
  • Civil Government
  • Court System
  • CPR / First Aid / Emergency Childbirth
  • Criminal Law
  • Crowd Control
  • Drill and Ceremony
  • First Responder Haz-Mat
  • Gang awareness
  • Gun / Knife Safety
  • Handcuffing
  • Incident Command System
  • Investigative report writing
  • Juvenile crimes
  • Motor Vehicle law (Title 39)
  • Narcotics / CDS
  • Patrol Function
  • Preservation of Evidence
  • Traffic Control
  • Use of force



Active Members:

Captain Richard Dana Jr., 53 years of Service
Lieutenant Eric Gassenheimer, 38 years of Service
Lieutenant of Operations Angelo M. Donato III, 26 years of Service
Sergeant Patrick Donato, 22 years of Service
Corporal James Lewis II, 10 years of Service
Ptl. Crystal Crawford, 6 years of Service
Ptl. Richard McNulty, 4 years of Service

Contact Information:

Auxiliary Police Phone: 732-632-8123

Police Dispatch: 732-632-8500

Emergency: 9-1-1

Join Us:

Want to serve your community with Honor, Pride, and Integrity then come join us and become a volunteer police officer with the Metuchen Auxiliary Police.

Applications are available here  or at the Metuchen Police Department Dispatch.

Applications can be emailed to this address:

Applications can be mailed or drop off at the address below:

Metuchen Police Department 
500 Main St. 
Metuchen, N.J. 08840 
c/o Metuchen Auxiliary Police - Lt. Angelo Donato III

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