Durham Regional Police welcomed its newest recruits Thursday at a ceremony at Durham College. The group of 23 took their Oaths of Office in front of Chief Ewles, Deputy Chief Chuck Mercier, His Worship Justice of the Peace Errol Massiah, family members and friends. The Durham Regional Police Honour Guard, Pipes and Drums and Choir were also part of the ceremony.
DRP recruits were joined by special guests from the Peterborough-Lakefield and Cobourg Police Services, who welcomed three of their new members. Four-legged DRP recruit Hemmi was also presented his badge, as handler D/Cst. Corby Wright and members of the K-9 Unit proudly looked on.
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 Omar Ali 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 Josh Ferreira. This award honours Constable Ferriera 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!
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Chief Ewles Inspects the New Recruits (JPG file, 214.9K bytes)
Cst. Josh Ferreira Receives the Allan Christiansen Memorial Award (JPG file, 231.4K bytes)
New Recruits Group Shot (JPG file, 83.4K bytes)