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  Auxiliary Unit Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Jun 28, 2017 09:08 ET

Members of our DRPS Auxiliary Unit are marking 40 years serving our community and they recently celebrated the milestone at a dinner and awards ceremony in Ajax.

Last year the volunteer unit attended 151 events within the Region and travelled 55,458 kilometres, committing 17,561 hours of their time to ensure the safest community for people to live, work and play. The members also underwent 4,244 hours of training.

Four members were recognized for reaching 15 years of service in their Auxiliary careers, Paul Murray, Dan Pilon, Heather Butler and Mike Cauchi. Mike Spencer received his three years of service certificate along with Muhammed Shukri, who was not present.

The 2017 Auxiliary Officer of the Year award went to all current serving and past members. Members from each DRPS Division represented the group at the dinner. The award is named after one of the original 13 members, Sharon Bowdring. Sharon passed away from cancer just a few years into her career as an auxiliary officer. Her husband Frank attended the 40th Anniversary dinner to congratulate recipients of the award.

Chief Martin was in attendance, along with several senior officers to recognize the great work our Auxiliary members are doing. "On behalf of the Durham Regional Police Service I would like to thank all members of the DRPS Auxiliary Unit for their continued dedication and commitment to ensuring the safety of our community at each and every event they attend and help make our community the safest community for people to live, work and play," he said.

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.

The Auxiliary Unit is actively recruiting new members, for more information click here.

For more information on the Auxiliary Unit click here.

Thanks to the members of our Auxiliary Unit for their hard work and dedication.

Below are attached files.
Auxiliary Members (JPG file, 405.4K bytes)
15 Year Award recipient Mike Cauchi (JPG file, 887.3K bytes)
Sharon Bowdring Officer of the Year Award with Sharon's husband Frank (JPG file, 6,309.5K bytes)
Mike Spencer receives 3 years of service certificate  (JPG file, 2,576.5K bytes)