The Clarkstown Police Department’s Auxiliary Unit marks its 40th anniversary with an awards dinner on Friday, March 8. Local dignitaries and officials will join the unit’s volunteers to thank them for their service to the town.
The unit’s 29 members provide assistance and operational support to the police department. Their main responsibilities deal with traffic control and pedestrians and they typically help out at parades, street fairs, races and other community events. The unit is described “as an extra set of eyes and ears” for the police department.
In 2012, auxiliary officers volunteered a record number of hours, approximately 7,500 and since its inception in 1973 the unit has logged more than 124,000 hours.
“The dedicated members of our organization make every event and responsibility a pleasure,” said Darryl Draper, Clarkstown Auxiliary Police Captain. “This is a remarkable group of people who appreciate and support each other and our community. It is a real honor to have the opportunity to work alongside Clarkstown Police Officers, develop a better understanding of the challenges they face and be able to help them maintain the wonderful peaceful character of our neighborhoods.”
Police Chief Michael Sullivan acknowledged the auxiliary officers' dedication.
“Over the last 40 years they have dedicated tens of thousands of hours in professional and selfless service to the Clarkstown community,” he said. “As Chief of Police it is my honor to say to the members of the Auxiliary Police, both past and present, congratulations and thank you for a job well done.”
The anniversary celebration event takes place at La Terrazza in New City at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 8. For more information about the Clarkstown Auxiliary Police Unit send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-639-5887.