Taylor Auxiliary Police honor officer of the year

Sgt. Paul Beaven, a four-year volunteer with the Taylor Auxiliary Police – is the 2006 Auxiliary Officer of the Year.

Beaven was honored during the auxiliary’s annual dinner dance held in March at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Taylor.

Auxiliary Chief Larry Domski said Beaven was recognized for giving more than 900 volunteer hours to the city. He participated in a variety of details, helped train new officers and organized the annual auxiliary picnic.

Beaven was one of four finalists for the award. Also honored were Lt. Brian Persia, Sgt. Dan J. Smith and Cpl. Carl Engle.

In addition, Sgt. Charles Owens earned the Commanders Cup for shooting accuracy at the gun range.

The Taylor Auxiliary Police Department was organized as a volunteer group in 1962. Auxiliary officers provide patrols of businesses, parks and schools, provide holiday shopping center anti-theft programs, provide security for city elections, special city events and church festivals, and provide assistance as deemed necessary to further the goals of the Police Department.

The auxiliary has 47 officers who are required to donate at least 20 hours a month, plus 10 officer candidates in training. The group has one of the finest reserve/auxiliary training programs in the state. Recruit officers must complete 219 hours of class-type instruction, physical fitness and range training. Within the 16 weeks of the program, the largest amount of time is dedicated to range training, which teaches the recruits 52 hours of weapons proficiency.

The training academy meets Sundays, and for a few hours Monday evenings. The convenient hours allow recruits to participate despite their full-time jobs or studies. Officers have full-time jobs that have included a physician, pilot, corporate executives and business owners. The training program concludes with a graduation ceremony with the officers and their families.

Candidates for auxiliary membership must be 21 years old, have a clean criminal record, a clean driving record, be a U.S. citizen and have a high school diploma or GED.

For more information on the Taylor Auxiliary Police Department, leave a voicemail message at (734) 374-4050.

Auxiliary officers are available to perform checks on homes when residents are away on vacation. For information on the program, call (734) 287-6611. Be prepared to provide the following information: your name, address, the dates you are leaving and returning, your phone number and an emergency contact number of a person in the area.

The award winners from the Taylor Auxiliary Police are congratulated by high-ranking officers in the auxiliary and the Taylor Police Department. In the front row are auxiliary Sgt. Paul Beaven (left), who is the officer of the year; Sgt. Dan J. Smith, Lt. Brian Persia, Cpl. Carl Engle and Sgt. Charles Owens, who earned the Commanders Cup. Standing behind them are Chief of Police Dale Tamsen, Lt. Mark Tonge, Director of Police Services Jac Desrosiers, auxiliary Executive Cmdr. Cecil Chalmers, Cmdr. John Muse, Cmdr. Ronald Vaughn, Cmdr Gerald Schaffer and auxiliary Chief Larry Domski.