Auxiliary police program will take care of family at Christmas

TAYLOR – Auxiliary Police members are combining efforts to make Christmas possible for a needy family from the city.

Sgt. Jeffrey Witmer of the all-volunteer auxiliary has started the Cops Who Care Foundation to help underprivileged Taylor families at Christmastime. He said officers will pool their money and provide dinner and gifts to at least three families on Dec. 23.

Adding to the collection will be funds from a “dress down day” among city employees on Dec. 11. The City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 1 to authorize workers to wear jeans on a Friday prior to Christmas Day in exchange for a donation to the foundation.

Donations to the public also will be accepted; checks should be made out to the Taylor Auxiliary Police.

Families chosen for the program will be screened by the auxiliary police. Any excess funds will be donated to the Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry and the Christnet warming shelter for the homeless.

For more information about the program or to make a donation, contact Witmer at (313) 304-0670.

The auxiliary police assists the city’s regular Police Department in a variety of duties. Men and women provide assistance with various tasks including checks on homes during vacations, businesses and schools. Officers provide holiday anti-theft programs, provide security at city and church festivals and provide assistance as deemed necessary to further the goals of the Police Department.