Past and present members of the DRPS Auxiliary Unit recently celebrated their 30th Anniversary and the Auxiliary Officer of the Year with a dinner at Deer Creek in Ajax.
Inspector Charlie Green hosted the event and five original members were on hand to recount the early days. Original member, Ret’d Supt. John Hamilton, extended his congratulations, commenting on how remarkable the unit is and how much it has grown. “Being a part of the Auxiliary Unit has been one of the things I am most proud of,” he said. “The time, energy and enthusiasm of the people in the Auxiliary is astounding.”
One highlight of the evening was when Chief Ewles presented Aux./Insp. Louise Elborn with a flag dedicated to the Auxiliary Unit. It is the first unit in DRPS history to have its own flag. “I cannot thank the Auxiliary Unit enough for all they do for DRP and the community,” said Chief Ewles. “Many of our community events would not happen without the dedication of each member and all of you should be proud of your efforts.”
Another highlight was the presentation of the Auxiliary Officer of the Year award. It was presented to Aux./Sgt. Dan Pilon for his ongoing leadership and commitment.
DRP’s 70 Auxiliary members share a dedication to community service and volunteering, as well as an enthusiasm for policing. Working alongside sworn police officers, they assist with foot patrols, canvassing, search and rescues, R.I.D.E. programs, special events, marine patrols and emergency/disaster response. To date, the Auxiliary Unit has donated over 250,000 hours to the community and they are to be congratulated for all their hard work and dedication.
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The Chief presents the new flag (JPG file, 257.8K bytes)
All winners of Auxiliary Officer of the Year (JPG file, 196.0K bytes)