LIVINGSTON, NJ — Seven of Livingston Township’s Auxiliary Police Officers were formally promoted and presented with badges at the Livingston Township Council meeting on Feb. 22, honoring the newly appointed sergeants, lieutenants and captain for their volunteerism and dedication to the township.

Police Chief Craig Handschuch announced 25-year senior member and current lieutenant Darren Dubrow’s promotion to Auxiliary Police Captain and recognized six other gentlemen for being elevated in the ranks. Applauding the men for their service to the town, Handschuch said the department logged nearly 3700 hours of volunteer time in 2015 and was proud to be standing beside them in the New Year.

“It’s an extreme honor for me to be here with the auxiliary police: they are definitely an integral part of the police department,” said Handschuch. “Especially in this township, where we see so man volutneers come out for so mant events, these gentlemen and women really go to the test. The most importan thing is that the come out when we need them for emergency puproses and give their time to support the regular ommunity and the police department and they do it at no cost to the township.”

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According to Handschuch, all members of the auxiliary police attend the police academy in order to attain special officer certification and said that Livingston’s members are more than willing to put in the time it takes. Mayor Alfred M. Anthony said the team’s willingness to be available on nights, weekends and some holidays is a testament to their dedication to the township.

“The town thanks the auxiliary police for protecting our safety,” said Mayor Alfred M. Anthony, stating that the auxiliary police officers are crucial to residents’ safety during town-wide events like parades, runs, the Kiwanis carnival, Halloween patrol as well as bad storms. “Congratulations on a job well done with your promotions.”

In other news, the public meeting also passed a resolution in support of exploring options for passive and active recreation activities at Riker Hill Art Park. Because the Riker Hill Art Park is the highest point in Essex County, the Livingston Township Council feels that recreational activities, potentially including new picnic areas and hiking trails, are crucial. Even though a former council set out to do something similar in the past, the current council is determined to make a plan and carry it out.

Mayor Anthony also mentioned that the council is looking for volunteers to brainstorm potential new sites for the Department of Public Works, which the council believes needs a new permanent location in town. Anyone interested should contact Al Anthony.