Nine finalists in the "Police Chief for a Day" contest presented their winning essays titled "What it is like to be a Police Officer" in front of a community judging panel on September 25.
The Grade 5 students from across the region were picked up at their schools in DRPS cruisers and driven to Regional Headquarters where they met their families.
The judging panel was comprised of Chief Paul Martin, D/Cst. Colin Goodwin from the Durham Regional Police Association, as well as Andrew Gordon from Scotiabank and Bonnie Frasier and Nancy Shaw 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. 20. Also, in their position as Chief for a Day, the winner and two guests will attend the 12th Annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night on Oct. 22 to present their essay.
The finalists are: Fatihat Salami from Applecroft PS (Ajax); Norah Adams, RH Cornish PS (Port Perry); Hannah Mayers, Norman G Powers PS (Oshawa); Landon Robert, St. Luke the Evangelist CS (Whitby); Anthony Scott, Maple Ridge PS (Pickering); Jenna Stewart, St. Luke the Evangelist CS (Whitby); Jessica Walsh, Fallingbrook PS (Whitby); Cassandra Alexander, St. Joseph CS (Oshawa) and Keeley Jay, Central PS (Bowmanville).
All finalists did an outstanding job presenting their essays and are excellent representatives for their schools. The winner will be announced on September 28.
DRP congratulates all the winners!
New Deputies with Chief Martin and Cst. Wilson (JPG file, 8,752.4K bytes)
Bonnie Fraser Welcomes Fatihat (JPG file, 780.1K bytes)
Chief Martin greets Norah (JPG file, 769.4K bytes)
Hannah says her speech for the judges (JPG file, 1,035.2K bytes)
Landon presents to the group (JPG file, 503.7K bytes)
Chief Martin and Bonnie welcome Anthony (JPG file, 870.1K bytes)
Jenna gets set to read her speech (JPG file, 798.5K bytes)
Jessica shakes hands with Chief Martin (JPG file, 639.4K bytes)
Chief Martin and Bonnie welcome Cassandra (JPG file, 579.9K bytes)
Bonnie chats with Keeley before she begins her speech (JPG file, 856.3K bytes)