Auxiliary Police recruits must pass the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Peace Officer Basic Training Course. Auxiliary recruits are required by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council to undergo and pass this training course before they become Auxiliary Police officers. The training given in this course includes training in penal law, police science, powers of a peace officer, radio use, unarmed self defense, self defense with a straight baton and OC-spray, first aid, and arrest procedures. Training is conducted by New York State certified Police instructors, and is held at Niagara University's Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy.
NCAP Recruits are then required to complete and pass a Niagara County Auxiliary Police training program which familiarizes them with the rules and regulations of the department, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, and the other county agencies they will be working with. it is held at various locations including the Warren J. Rathke Public Safety Training Facility (PSTF).
The final training step is familiarization with traffic control procedures and road safety. This course puts recruits in increasing larger and busier intersections to test the skills and techniques taught throughout the academy.
Fully trained officers may complete an annual bicycle patrol academy which consists of timed runs and difficult obstacle courses.
Recruits and officers participate in defensive tactics classes with the department PT instructor where hand to hand combat and disarming techniques are taught and refreshed.
Auxiliary Police officers are certified as "Part-Time Peace Officers" by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services-Municipal Police Training Council and are registered as peace officers in the NYS DCJS registry of peace officers. All Auxiliary Police officers are required by New York State to pass annual refresher courses in the use of force and defensive tactics, in order to maintain their peace officer status.
Although volunteers, Auxiliary Police officers are county employees while on duty and may be eligible for Workers' Compensation in the event of injury while on duty.