The Hamilton police auxiliary unit is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a gala graduation ceremony at Liuna Station on Nov. 21.
Auxiliary officers are civilians who help police in a variety of areas, including crime-prevention education, neighbourhood foot patrols and community events like parades and fairs.
They volunteered more than 22,000 hours last year and the unit has received a number of honours in recent years, including an award for volunteer service from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
“Auxiliary officers are extensions of our police officers and play a very important role,” Chief Glenn De Caire said. “We are grateful for their selflessness.”
To become an auxiliary officer, recruits attend a seven-week training course and three-day session on use-of-force guidelines, also participating in marching and exercise drills.
Thirteen more graduates will receive their auxiliary badge on Nov. 21, boosting the unit’s ranks to 85.
Tickets for the gala, which begins at 6 p.m., are $30 and available through the auxiliary administration office at 905-546-2880.