Photo/Story Gallery 2000

FHP Auxiliary

FHPA membersMembers of the Florida Highway Patrol Troop C Auxiliary Unit are shown as they prepare to work a security detail during a recent Tampa Bay Bucs football game. In addition to riding with regular troopers on patrol, assisting at crash investigation scenes, directing traffic, or providing limited scope patrol on major highways, FHP Auxiliary Units provide security at professional and some college sporting events in Tampa and other areas of Florida.

Statewide there are 30 Auxiliary Units, within ten field troops, consisting of 410 total members. During the calendar year 1997, members contributed 216,629 volunteer hours assisting the Florida Highway Patrol.

The primary mission of FHPA is to effectively and efficiently assist the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) in the performance of its duties through volunteer members. Auxiliary members serve under the direction and supervision of a FHP member.

The primary duties of the Auxiliary are to assist the Florida Highway Patrol in the performance of their regularly constituted duties. This includes the following:

  1. Assisting members of the Florida Highway Patrol in their regularly constituted duties by riding with troopers on patrol.

  2. Assisting communication center duty officers in their duties.

  3. Operating chemical test equipment to assist troopers in the detection of impaired drivers.

  4. Assist in traffic details.

  5. Assist in aircraft surveillance operations.

  6. Assist in emergency situations when such action is appropriate. This includes emergency situations such as hurricanes, fires, or other natural disasters.

  7. Applicants for the FHP Auxiliary must meet the same basic standards as applicants for full-time trooper positions. This includes background investigation, physical examination (paid for by the applicant), polygraph and drug screen.

Members of the Auxiliary serve without compensation and provide their own uniforms. Firearms are provided.

New Auxiliary members must complete a Basic Training Course which includes firearms, self-defense, a driving course, and first aid. This is in accordance with the requirements of the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Additionally, members receive on-going field training, within their unit.