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  New Recruits Join the Ranks

May 08, 2009 11:31 ET

Durham Regional Police Sevice welcomed twenty-three new recruits at a graduation ceremony in Oshawa on May 7th. The new recruits were also joined by a new member of the Canine Unit, Police Service Dog Blitz, who also received his badge during the ceremony.

Welcoming the new officers was Chief Mike Ewles, Police Services Board Chair Terry Clayton, Her Worship Justice of the Peace Maxine Coopersmith, Deputy Chief Sherry Whiteway, Deputy Chief Chuck Mercier, DRPA President Doug Cavanaugh, Reverend Bill Tadeja and MC Inspector Eva Reti. The Durham Regional Police Honour Guard, Pipes and Drums and Choir were also part of the ceremony.

The group successfully completed a 13-week training program at the Ontario Police College (OPC) and an eight-week in-service program at the DRP's Police Learning Centre. Constable Kristy Sturgis spoke on behalf of the graduating class about their experiences at OPC in Aylmer, Ont. The officers will join platoons across Durham Region and receive on-the-job training from coach officers for the next three months.

As voted upon by his peers, the Allan Christiansen Memorial Award went to Constable Michael Marriott. This award honours Constable Marriott for his positive attitude in life and training, exceptional leadership qualities, dedication to a high level of personal fitness and his commitment to volunteering on the job and in the community.

Congratulations to all our new officers!

Below are attached files.
recruit thumb (JPG file, 41.5K bytes)
Chief Ewles congratulates Cst. Mike Marriott on receiving the Allan Christianson Memorial Award (JPG file, 180.8K bytes)
DRP Pipes and Drums perform at the graduation (JPG file, 155.2K bytes)
The new recruit class (JPG file, 155.6K bytes)