Po­lice Aux­il­iary hon­ored at cer­e­mony

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Zachary Sr­nis

The aux­il­iary of­fi­cers who vol­un­teer their time in ser­vice to the city of Lorain where re­warded for their efforts.

The Lorain Po­lice Depart­ment held their an­nual Lorain Po­lice Aux­il­iary Award Cer­e­mony on May 17 at the Lorain City Coun­cil Cham­bers to honor the men and women who don the gray aux­il­iary uni­form.

“The aux­il­iary of­fi­cers have been serv­ing Lorain for 45 years,” said Lorain Aux­il­iary Chief Jim Mal­ick. “This is the an­nual night of recog­ni­tion to honor these vol­un­teer of­fi­cers who serve their com­mu­nity.”

Mal­ick said the aux­il­iary of­fi­cers pro­vide many ser­vices for the depart­ment.

“Aux­il­iary help with ev­ery­thing from crowd con­trol to main­te­nance,” he said. “Where ever help is needed, that is where an aux­il­iary of­fice will be.”

Ma­lik said the aux­il­iary po­si­tion is filled by a va­ri­ety of in­di­vid­u­als.

“We have a mix of both young and old,” he said. “Some are peo­ple who have re­tired but still want to pro­vide a ser­vice to Lorain. There are oth­ers who would like to be an of­fi­cer some day and view this as a first step in their ca­reers. It ends up be­ing a very

di­verse group of peo­ple, but they all have the same great pas­sion for serv­ing this city.”

Mal­ick said cer­tain awards will be given out based on sta­tis­tics.

“We take a look at the amount of hours served to de­ter­mine the top aux­il­iary of­fi­cer and pa­trol­man,” he said. “We will also be giv­ing awards for those who will be retiring and those who are be­ing sworn in. The awards ba­si­cally rec­og­nize aux­il­iary of­fi­cers’ ex­cel­lence and show oth­ers how much they have done for the city.”

Mal­ick said the aux­il­iary of­fi­cers are on call 24 hours a day, seven day a week.

“The aux­il­iary of­fi­cers fill in where there is a need,” he said. “A new re­spon­si­bil­ity has been prison trans­fers. The trans­fers of a pris­oner to coun­try can be a very time con­sum­ing process, so aux­il­iary of­fi­cers help out to al­low po­lice of­fi­cers the free­dom to go where they are needed. These aux­il­iary of­fi­cers de­serve our thanks and grat­i­tude for truly mak­ing Lorain a bet­ter place to live.”

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