Fourteen DRP Auxiliary graduates were celebrated at Durham College on Friday night for their dedication and commitment to ensure the safety of our community at every event they attend. In the presence of their colleagues, family, friends and community supporters, the diverse group of community volunteers were sworn in and inspected by Chief Martin.
Chief Paul Martin, Deputy Chiefs Chris Fernandes and Uday Jaswal, Police Services Board Member Bobbie Drew, Inspector Sean Fitzgerald, Aux. Inspector Jason Pow and retired Inspector Charlie Green officially welcomed the 14 new faces and thanked them for offering their time and talents to the cause of community safety.
Selected amongst her peers, class valedictorian, Aux. Cst. Amanda Jackson, received the Charlie Green Valedictorian award. Speaking on behalf of her fellow students, Amanda shared some of their experiences during training in preparation for the opportunity that lies ahead as Auxiliary constables with the DRP.
Chief Martin expressed his deep gratitude and admiration for the volunteers that stood before him as each have freely chosen to dedicate themselves to both the police service and the community they serve. He welcomed the new constables to the DRP family and by standing together the DRPS is 1,200 strong.
"You have joined that family tonight," Chief Martin said to the graduates. "If you respect that badge, that badge will always respect you. We are glad you joined us."
Awarded to the best recruit as chosen by the band of training instructors and coach officer program members, Aux. Cst. Suhal Patel was presented with the Robert Russell Best Recruit award.
In 2016, the DRPS recruited 14 Auxiliary Unit constables and they each received 1,640 hours of extensive training in partnership with the Police Education and Innovation Centre. As a whole, last year the volunteer unit attended 151 events within the Region, committing over 17, 560 hours of their time to ensure the safest community for people to live, work and play.
Founded in 1977, the Auxiliary Unit is comprised of regular citizens who are interested in contributing to their community by providing support and working alongside DRPS officers. Auxiliary officers, upon the completion of basic training, assist with routine car and foot patrols, as well as providing support for local community initiatives, such as festivals, fairs or parades.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the DRP Auxiliary Unit and this milestone will be celebrated in late June.
The DRPS would like to officially welcome our new recruits to the family: Alexander Bergie, Andrew Cox, Nick Durst, James Fry, Glen Harper, Amanda Jackson, Arhum Mahmood, Monica Pardoe, Suhal Patel, Aleksandar Pejcic, Jennifer Sage, Brent Schmidt, Deluxshini Sivananathan and Marianne Waldman.
Welcome Auxiliary Constables (JPG file, 375.7K bytes)
Chief Inspects Auxiliary Constables (JPG file, 2,926.7K bytes)
Auxiliary Grad Receives Badge (JPG file, 1,818.5K bytes)
Best Recruit Award Recipient, Suhal Patel (JPG file, 1,677.4K bytes)
Celebratory Embrace (JPG file, 1,308.6K bytes)