The Durham Regional Police Service welcomed 13 new recruits to the ranks at a graduation ceremony Thursday in Oshawa.
Chief Paul Martin welcomed the new officers, along with Deputy Chief Chris Fernandes, CAO Stan MacLellan and Police Services Board Chair Roger Anderson. His Worship Justice of the Peace Bob Boychyn was also in attendance, along with DRPA Vice President Brad Durst, Father Brad Massman and several members of DRPS. The DRPS Honour Guard and Pipes and Drums and choir were also part of the ceremony.
"This is a great profession, but never let the job consume you and always make sure you make time for your family and come home safe after every shift," said Chief Martin as he addressed the new officers. "You can change someone's life for the better by truly serving this community."
The group successfully completed two weeks of training at the DRPS Police Education and Innovation Centre (PEIC) before attending an extensive 13-week training program at the Ontario Police College (OPC) in Aylmer, Ontario. The group returned to the PEIC for another four weeks to round out their training. The officers will join platoons across Durham Region and receive on-the-job training from coach officers for just over three months.
Constable Bob Baumgartner spoke on behalf of the graduating class about their experiences and camaraderie at OPC. In addition to their academic training, several officers took part in extra curricular activities while training at OPC. Cst. Chris Dupont was part of the Precision Drill Team; Cst. David Ricard was part of the Colour Party; Constables Ryan Roffey and Jessica were named class leaders; and Jared Singh and Scott Beukeboom were leaders in class sports.
As voted upon by his peers, the Allan Christiansen Memorial Award went to Cst. Ryan Sheridan, son of retired DRP Detective Mark Sheridan. This award honours Cst. Sheridan 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 and welcome to our new officers!
Chief Martin addresses the recruits (JPG file, 123.7K bytes)
Pipes and Drums (JPG file, 196.6K bytes)
Chief Martin inspects the recruits (JPG file, 169.4K bytes)
Cst. Baumgartner speaks on behalf of the graduating class (JPG file, 220.4K bytes)
Cst. Sheridan receives the Allen Christiansen Memorial Award (JPG file, 166.3K bytes)
Recruits celebrate their graduation (JPG file, 128.9K bytes)
Welcome to our 13 new recruits (JPG file, 1,342.3K bytes)