Seven new members have joined the Durham Regional Police Service – five constables and two K-9 members.
The new recruits were sworn in at a ceremony at Durham College in Oshawa on May 6 along with fellow officers from the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service and the Cobourg Police Service.
The recruits took their oath of office in front of Her Worship Justice of the Peace Maxine Coopersmith, Chief Mike Ewles, D/Chiefs Scott Burns and Sherry Whiteway, Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Chief Murray Rodd, Cobourg Police Chief Paul Sweet, Port Hope Police Chief Kevin McAlpine, DRPSB Chair Terry Clayton, DRPA President Mike Glennie, DRPA Vice President Gary Foxwell, Reverend Bill Tadeja and their families and friends. 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 DRP's Police Learning Centre. The officers will join platoons across Durham Region and receive on-the-job training from coach officers for the next three months.
Our two new K-9 members, Tank and Vegas, were also officially welcomed to the Service by Chief Ewles. Vegas will partner with D/Cst. Bryan Armstrong and Tank will join D/Cst. Jason Dickson on the road.
Cst. Meghan Buckley was awarded the Allan Christiansen Memorial Award. On Oct. 28, 1999, Allan Christiansen was tragically killed in a motor vehicle collision while returning home from graduation ceremonies at the completion of his basic constable course at the Ontario Police College. The Allan Christiansen Memorial Award was initiated by Allan’s class in remembrance of this outstanding individual and is presented to one member of each graduating class who exemplifies the qualities demonstrated by Allan, as chosen by his peers. These qualities include: maintaining a positive attitude, demonstrating exceptional leadership abilities, volunteering to help others, sustaining a high level of personal fitness and fostering camaraderie among peers. Congratulations to Cst. Buckley on this prestigious recognition.
Good luck to the new recruits as they begin their careers at DRPS.
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Cst. Megan Buckley won the Allan Christiansen Memorial Award (JPG file, 540.9K bytes)
K-9 Vegas is welcomed by Chief Ewles (JPG file, 456.1K bytes)
Our newest members with fellow graduates from Cobourg and Peterborough Lakefield (JPG file, 833.9K bytes)
Our new Constables with fellow graduates from Cobourg and Peterborough Lakefield (JPG file, 814.8K bytes)