In 1950, the 81st Congress passed the Public Law #920, entitled “The Civil Defense
Act of 1950” authorizing a Federal Civil Defense Program. In 1951, the New York State Legislature enacted the
“Defense Emergency Act” requiring New York City to recruit, train, and equip volunteer Auxiliary Police, who would
then act as a liaison to the NYPD in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.
In 1967, A Mayoral Executive Order closed the Civil Defense Headquarters and placed full responsibility of the Auxiliary Police
Program with the NYPD. During the 1960’s when crime was on the rise, uniform Auxiliary Police patrols were an effective
means to deter crime.