Durham Regional Police Deputy Chief Scott Burns swore in a new Chief of Police on Oct. 18 at Regional Headquarters. Nine-year-old Owen Lawrie took his oath of office in front of his new staff members in Whitby. Owen earned his place as Chief for a Day when he read his essay in front of a panel of community judges late last month.
Chief Owen was picked up at St. Paul’s Catholic School and escorted to Regional Headquarters Tuesday morning where a Change of Command ceremony took place and he was sworn in as Durham Regional Police Chief for a Day. In the crowded boardroom, Chief Owen thanked everyone for the great opportunity and said he was excited to get to work!
Chief Owen had a busy day as he visited various police units including the Forensic Identification Unit, the Central Cellblock, Communications and the Police Learning Centre . He also had the opportunity to inspect the DRPS motorcycles and the marine unit’s Zodiac boat. He completed his day with a ride in the police helicopter Air1.
Our Chief for a Day will complete his duties as he reads his essay to a sold-out crowd of over 600 people on Oct. 20 during the 9th Annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night.
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Chief Owen is sworn in at Regional Headquarters (JPG file, 194.7K bytes)
Checking out the motorcycles (JPG file, 206.6K bytes)
Use of Force Training at the Police Learning Centre (JPG file, 203.7K bytes)
Inspecting the Zodiac Boat (JPG file, 203.1K bytes)
Finishing the day with a ride in Air 1 (JPG file, 189.0K bytes)