Ten-year-old Owen Lawrie of Whitby has been chosen as this year’s Police Chief for a Day after a volunteer committee selected his essay after a close competition on Sep. 30.
Owen was told in front of his entire school at an impromptu assembly on Oct. 4. Chief Mike Ewles attended the assembly to break the good news to his replacement. “Soon you’ll be in charge of our 1,300 members,” he told our newest Chief. “I’m taking the day off.” Owen quickly announced that he will be having the entire service report to work on rollerblades.
The Grade 5 student goes to St. Paul’s Catholic School in Whitby. He will be picked up from his school in a police cruiser and sworn in as Chief for a Day on Tuesday October 18, 2011 at police headquarters in Whitby at 9:30 a.m. His ceremonial duties will include a tour of the building and an introduction to various police units.
Owen will receive a Durham Regional Police Chief’s custom made uniform and a gift pack from the police service. On October 20, 2011 Owen will attend the ninth annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night (PADAN), at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Hall in Ajax, where he will read his winning essay.
Members of the media are invited to attend Headquarters on October 18, 2011 to cover Chief for a Day activities.
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Chief Ewles makes the announcement at St. Paul's (JPG file, 127.3K bytes)
Chief for a Day Coordinator Wilson, new Chief Owen and Chief Ewles (JPG file, 111.0K bytes)