Instead of a cap and gown, the graduating class wore white gloves and uniforms at the Auxiliary Unit graduation ceremony at the Col. R.S. McLaughlin Armoury in Oshawa on September 20. The Auxiliary Unit welcomed 11 new citizen recruits to its ranks.
The new Auxiliary officers, along with the rest of the Unit, were inspected by DRPS Chief Constable Mike Ewles, Inspector Charlie Green and Auxiliary Inspector Louise Elborn before receiving their certificates.
Valedictorian and recipient of the Bob Russell Outstanding Recruit Award Aux/Cst. Cathleen Lycette spoke about the dedication of her fellow recruits. She thanked DRPS for their thorough training and support of the new recruits.
Chief Ewles noted that the Auxiliary Unit isn't about support to front-line officers, it's about being an integral part of the DRPS team.
Formed in July of 1977, the Auxiliary Unit is comprised of every day citizens from all walks of life. People who felt it necessary that they become an integral and fundamental part of their police service by means of contributing to their community. Auxiliary officers, who upon completion of basic training, are able to participate in community-based initiatives such as local parades, festivals and fairs.
Numerous officers and Auxiliary officers from the Ontario Provincial Police, Toronto Police, York Regional Police and Cobourg Police Service, as well as family and friends, were all on hand to help welcome our newest members.
The Durham Regional Police would like to congratulate our new Auxiliary members and wish them the best in their new endeavour.
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