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After a 42-year partnership, the Milan Police Department's Auxiliary Unit is no more.

New rules will take effect in Illinois Saturday that require all auxiliary officers to receive the same training as full-time officers.

"When you have the Illinois Attorney General's office and the Illinois Training and Standards Board and the insurance care for the city which is risk management come out and state that auxiliary officers need to be trained the same as full-time officers, its very restrictive for us to be able to train them all," said Captain Shawn Johnson, Milan Police Dept.

Milan Police Auxiliary Chief Jim Uskavitch took his last patrol through Milan Friday, the city he's served for 25 years.

"We can't ride anymore after today.  The auxiliary's done after today," said Uskavitch.  "Just kind of sad.  Sad that the auxiliary has been around 42 years, I've been here 25 years and today is the last day."

Jim and the rest of his all-volunteer unit laid down their badges due to the state's new regulations.

"Kind of wish they would have done something grandfathering wise or looked at each auxiliary unit on an individual basis," said Uskavitch.

"It's a huge loss for us manpower-wise during major functions and just normal functions when they come in to ride with full-time officers and assist in those duties too," said Johnson.

Many who served on Milan's Auxiliary Unit have gone on to careers in law enforcement.

"Over the years we've had several that have gone off to become full-time on other departments," said Uskavitch.

He says six former volunteers work for Milan full-time.  Dozens of others got jobs in departments from Florida to California.

For others like Jim, he says serving his community was a passion, a calling he wishes he didn't have to let go.

"If I didn't want to do it I wouldn't have done it for 25 years," said Uskavitch.  "Of course it's another chapter in life so we'll see what happens after this."