On Friday night, the Col. R.S. McLaughlin Armoury in downtown Oshawa was alive with pomp and ceremony as 19 new recruits joined the Durham Regional Police Service Auxiliary Unit.
Chief Paul Martin, Regional Chair/Police Services Board Chair Roger Anderson and Police Services Board member John Henry, the Mayor of Oshawa, welcomed the 19 new faces and thanked them for offering their time and talents to the cause of community safety.
The evening was also marked by several emotional moments, as two significant pieces of the Auxiliary family attended their last official graduation ceremony. Regional Chair Anderson thanked Aux. Inspector Louise Elborn for her leadership as she closes in on her retirement date of January 2015. Chair Anderson also thanked Insp. Charlie Green for his years of service and leadership of the Auxiliary Unit, as Insp. Green will be retiring next year.
Formed in 1977, the DRPS Auxiliary Unit enjoys a stellar reputation not only in Durham Region, but across Ontario. Members contributed thousands of hours in support of the DRPS to assist with multiple functions, including crowd control at community events, neighbourhood canvasses and ceremonial functions.
The DRPS would like to officially welcome our new recruits to the family: Jordan Ashby, Peter Baskerville, Craig Brown, Rick Chalmers, Doug Claughton, Angela DeVries, Heather Drakes, Steve Ellins, Megan Elliott, Nicholas Forrest, Christine Kaus, Thulasiram Kumaran, Michelle Lormand, Kate Novia, Chris Peterson, Liza Serra, Mike Spencer, John Stapley and Derrick Stein.
An auxiliary members salutes Chief Martin (JPG file, 467.3K bytes)
Aux. Insp. Elborn leads the unit (JPG file, 258.3K bytes)
Chief Martin inspects the officers (JPG file, 271.3K bytes)
Pipe Major Colin Shaw leads in the Pipes and Drums (JPG file, 247.3K bytes)
High expectations for new recruit Peter Baskerville (JPG file, 178.5K bytes)