After a six-month training program, 20 citizens have officially joined the Durham Regional Police Service’s Auxiliary Unit. At a ceremony held at Durham College, Whitby Campus, on Oct. 5 the new Auxiliary officers were sworn-in by His Worship Justice of the Peace Bob Boychyn.
Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles, Supt. Greg Mills, Insp. Charlie Green, Sgt. Kate Crittenden and Auxiliary Insp. Louise Elborn were on hand to welcome the new recruits and thank them for their commitment to the police and the communities they serve.
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.
All Auxiliary members must complete a Basic Auxiliary Training program, which includes use of force, firearms, pepper spray and defensive tactics, as well as the criminal code and powers of arrest.
They must be at least 18 years of age, possess a current CPR and First Aid certificate, and have no criminal record. Members are also expected to be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of an Auxiliary. Each officer commits to a minimum of 12 hours of service each month.
Formed in July of 1977, the Durham Regional Police Auxiliary Unit is celebrating 34 years of service to the community.
Please view our Auxiliary Unit home page for more information about the unit.
Congratulations to our newest members!
auxiliary thumb (JPG file, 50.3K bytes)
Supt. Mills congratulates the new recruits (JPG file, 406.7K bytes)
The 2011 Auxiliary Graduating Class (JPG file, 374.5K bytes)
New Auxiliary Cst. Tammy Coles made the class a beautiful graduation cake (JPG file, 387.4K bytes)