After 37 years of exemplary police work, Staff Sergeant Ron Rollauer retires today from the DRP to enjoy more of his favourite pastime, fishing.
As Staff Sergeant for our Regional Support Services, officers and citizens alike recognize Rollauer most recently for bringing the service’s newest piece of equipment, the new Bell JetRanger helicopter, into service. The three-year project has brought Ron and his air support team immense satisfaction and it seems a fitting accomplishment to end his prolific policing career. Ron assures us that, when the new helicopter makes it’s first official landing at Oshawa Airport in late September, he will be there to help welcome it into service.
One of Ron’s most memorable experiences as an officer involved the 1999 Port Perry bank robbery in which two citizens and three officers were shot. S/Sgt. Rollauer was one of two lead case managers assigned to the incident and for 18 months, Ron supervised the work of up to 26 investigators and civilians. Ron still recalls the satisfaction of working with such a skilled and dedicated group of investigators who were able to bring the violent suspect into custody within 12 hours of the shooting.
Ron also recalls the exceptional work of his investigators while leading the Sexual Assault Unit from 1994 – 1999 as Detective/Sergeant. At that time, the unit consisted of only six investigators with an enormous caseload; the exemplary dedication by every investigator made the difference. Since then, the unit has grown to 17 investigators to meet the ongoing demand.
S/Sgt. Rollauer’s career has run the gamut from patrol officer to fail-to-remain investigator, CIB detective, crimes against persons investigator, patrol sergeant, robbery and sexual assault detective-sergeant, and most recently, as Administrative Staff Sergeant for Regional Support Services. Ron has helped provide DRP with new two new K-9 officers and dogs, as well as a new marine unit boat and a mobile command unit for traffic services. He has also dedicated many volunteer hours to the Durham Region Children's Aid Society as a member of the Board of Directors for three years.
Although it’s always a sad day when such an experienced and dedicated officer leaves, the service congratulates Ron and his wife, Brenda, a civilian member of the service, as they make plans to take up residency at their cottage and to spend more time in Florida visiting their daughter and grandchildren. Their son, Todd Rollauer, carries on the tradition as a Sergeant with DRP’s Ajax-Pickering Community Police Service.
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