Veteran officer to head auxiliary police

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – Last month’s changing of the guard at the Taylor Auxiliary Police Department was more a continuation of the leadership that city public safety officials had come to expect.

Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said the appointment of Commander John Burgan as chief of the auxiliary branch brought both experience and enthusiasm to the position.

“John is passionate about the auxiliary department,” Sclabassi said in a statement. “He’s always looking for ways to improve the group so it can be an even larger help to the police department and the entire community.”

Taylor’s auxiliary officers support the full-time staff through a variety of services and community outreach efforts. Burgan – who joined the department in 2009 – will take over following the retirement in November of Chief Paul Beaven.

Burgan was credited with resurrecting the city’s bike patrol program for activities including the Taylor Summer Festival, and said he will continue emphasizing recruitment and training. He said the auxiliary department can play a role as community ambassadors in ways that the full-time officers can’t, especially through such initiatives as Taylor on Watch and Safe House.

“I have several goals for the department,” Burgan said in a statement, “none more important than to strengthen our numbers with quality officers that will support the city and community needs.”

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