{UPDATE} Clarkstown Police Auxiliary Marks 40 Years Of Service

The volunteer Clarkstown Auxiliary Police Unit will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an awards dinner on Friday, March 8


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: cpdaux12@gmail.com or call 845-639-5887. 

Matt Foley February 27, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Mike, what a hypocrite you are. Get off your duff and go out an volunteer. No one goes looking for these people, they come out and volunteer on their own. All you do is sit behind your keyboard and complain. And maybe, just maybe, you'll actually see how hard these people work, both the auxiliary and the actual members of the department.
Mike Hirsch February 27, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Matt, you don't know what you are talking about. I've done volunteer work for many years. And I don't complain. I act. As far as our town goes, I have offered them my time on numerous occassions. They are not interested.
stephany February 27, 2013 at 08:02 PM
I wonder if being a Clarkstown Police Auxiliary volunteer ever resulted or led to securing a position on the CPD [or any other PD],and retirement 20 yrs later. Looking at their duties it appears to not really be consistent with real police work I am not saying "was it the only reason" but has it ever happened and if so did it play any part in getting the job.. why am i thinking tic toc tic toc
Ray Auxiliary member February 27, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Actually the auxiliary unit doesn't fill in for the regular police officers. They are extra help so a CPD officer can do the work he's trained for "PROTECT & KEEP US SAFE "
sue g.... February 27, 2013 at 09:46 PM
congratulation to all of you,, and i know some people feel..it is not as difficult as perceives,but these men and woman go out in all kinds,of weather...freezing days hot humidity days and raining days...cudos to you all, again,,,my husband enjoys the opportunity he has in giving his time......and i am proud of all of you,,, an auxilliary wife..sue g.....


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