After serving the DRPS Auxiliary Unit for 25 years, retiring Auxiliary Inspector Louise Elborn has passed the command of the Unit over to incoming Auxiliary Inspector Jason Pow.
Members of DRPS, the Police Services Board, family and friends, gathered to celebrate the Change of Command Ceremony at Col. R.S. McLaughlin Armoury in Oshawa. The group bid farewell to Aux. Insp. Elborn and welcomed Aux. Insp. Pow to his new leadership role.
In her 25-years with the unit, Aux. Insp. Elborn has served in every Division and contributed countless hours to the DRPS and the citizens of Durham Region. She received the Auxiliary Officer of the Year Award in 1993 and promoted to Aux. Sgt. in 1997, Aux. Staff Sgt. in 2001, and Aux. Insp. in 2006. She says she looks forward to retirement, but will miss leading the members of the Auxiliary Unit and the meaningful work they do.
Aux. Insp. Pow has been a member of the Auxiliary Unit for over 18-years. He promoted to Aux. Sgt. in 1998 and in 2001 received the Auxiliary Officer of the Year Award. He promoted to Aux. Staff Sgt in 2001 and served in that role before Chief Paul Martin appointed him to assume command of the Unit January 16, 2015. Aux. Pow says he looks forward to the challenges his new role will bring and is excited to lead such a great team of people.
Chief Martin and members of DRPS congratulated Aux. Insp. Pow on his appointment and wished him great success. They also thanked Aux. Insp. Elborn for her years of commitment and dedicated service and wished her well in her retirement.
Formed in July of 1977, the volunteer based 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, upon completion of basic training, are able to participate in community-based initiatives such as local parades, festivals and fairs.
In 2014, the 81 members of our Auxiliary Unit attended 206 community events, completing over 20,000 hours of service. For more information please visit our Auxiliary Unit page.
Change of Command (JPG file, 268.6K bytes)
Aux. Insp. Elborn says goodbye (JPG file, 662.2K bytes)
Three Cheers for retiring Aux. Insp. Elborn (JPG file, 647.2K bytes)
Aux. Insp. Pow takes over command of the Auxiliary Unit (JPG file, 770.3K bytes)
Aux. Insp. Pow and retiring Aux. Insp. Elborn (JPG file, 877.5K bytes)
Det. Sgt. Shaw, Aux. Insp. Elborn and Aux. Cst. Baskerville (JPG file, 1,339.3K bytes)