The nine finalists in the “Police Chief for a Day” contest were picked up at their schools in DRPS cruisers and driven to Regional Headquarters on September 27. The Grade 5 students from across Durham Region presented their winning essays titled “What it is like to be a Police Officer” in front of a community judging panel and their families. The judging panel was comprised of Chief Constable Mike Ewles, D/Chief Scott Burns, Det. Andre Wyatt from the Durham Regional Police Association, as well as Bill McLean, John Henry and Bill Clancy from the Police Services Board, and Bob Pinkey and Bonnie Frasier from the Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night (PADAN).
One lucky student will be chosen as “Police Chief for a Day” and will fulfill those duties on Oct. 15. Also, in their position as Chief for a Day, the winner and two guests will attend the 11th Annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night on Oct. 17 to present their essay.
The finalists are: Devon Maron-Sunset Heights PS (Oshawa), Faith Lloyd-Applecroft PS (Ajax), Brianna Stokes-Sherwood PS (Oshawa), Miguel Bayer-St. Leo CS (Brooklin),
Mackenzie Jessup-Meadowcrest PS (Brooklin), Mya Jackson- Vaughan Willard PS (Pickering), Dinithi Fernando- St. Elizabeth Seton CS (Pickering), Ashlyn Gardner-St. Elizabeth Seton CS (Pickering) and Hannah Watson-McCaskill's Mills PS (Cannington).
All finalists did an outstanding job presenting their essays and are excellent representatives for their schools. The winner will be announced on September 30.
DRP congratulates all the winners!
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Ashlyn reads her essay to panel (JPG file, 336.9K bytes)
Brianna's excited to be a special visitor today (JPG file, 591.5K bytes)
Devon meets K-9 officer Dunlop and his partner Magnum (JPG file, 287.7K bytes)
Chief Ewles congratulates Dinithi on a job well done (JPG file, 202.0K bytes)
Faith practices reading her essay to Cst. Morton (JPG file, 333.3K bytes)
Hannah receives a gift package from Chief Ewles (JPG file, 198.5K bytes)
Bob Pinkney makes Mackenzie feel welcome before she presents her essay (JPG file, 163.1K bytes)
Miguel and his mom review his speech (JPG file, 351.9K bytes)
Mya gets support from her mom and Cst. Wilson in front of the panel (JPG file, 208.1K bytes)
Chief Ewles and Deputy Chief Burns with our nine amazing deputies (JPG file, 277.3K bytes)
Our deputies enjoy a K-9 demonstration after the contest (JPG file, 407.4K bytes)