The Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provin-cial Police have announced the promotion of Andy McDougall to Auxiliary Staff Sergeant of the detachment’s auxiliary unit.
Auxiliary Staff Sergeant McDougall has dedicated the better part of 25 years volunteering with the auxiliary program and has helped make the Nottawasaga program one of the best in the province.
He is known for leading the unit with “integrity, honesty, courage”, and has been the “foundation” of the unit since he started with the Nottawasaga detachment in 2007.
Officer McDougall started his auxiliary career in North Bay in 1995 and moved to Alliston in 1998 for employment opportunities.
He continued his commitment to volunteering by joining the local auxiliary unit and has taken on a leadership role.
He has been instrumental in organizing and actively participating in community events.
“Andy, from all the members of our Detachment, congratulations on your well-deserved promotion,” said Inspector Steve Ridout, Nottawasaga Detachment Com-mander. “Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication in serving our communities with pride, professionalism and honour.”
Auxiliary members assist OPP officers during back-to-school safety initiatives, traffic safety campaigns, Lock It or Lose It initiatives, SafeGuard neighbourhood campaigns, and various community events.
The OPP Auxiliary program was originally formed in 1960 by an Order-in-Council.
In 1991, the program became self-directed. Members of the OPP Auxiliary are unpaid fully-trained volunteers.
Auxiliary officers’ duties include traffic control, surveys, seat belt clinics, local community events, assisting with RIDE initiatives, bicycle inspections, as well as foot, bicycle and road patrols with regular members.
Auxiliary Officers also accompany regular OPP officers during ceremonial duties, and are respected and valued members of the OPP.
The Auxiliary Program and the members themselves are integral to the OPP family.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times