A huge crowd of family and friends cheered as the DRPS welcomed 13 new recruits and one four legged member to the ranks at a graduation ceremony Thursday in Oshawa.
Chief Paul Martin welcomed the new officers, along with Deputy Chiefs Chris Fernandes and Uday Jaswal, 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 President Randy Henning and Vice President Brad Durst, Reverend Bill Tadeja and several members of DRPS. The DRPS Honour Guard and Pipes and Drums and choir were also part of the evening.
In a special addition to the ceremony, new PK-9 member Storm was presented with his badge alongside his handler Detective Constable Kevin Dunlop.
"From here on out you are in charge of taking care of our communities," said Chief Martin as he addressed the new officers. "Remember why you chose this career - and in difficult times that will get you through. Take care of yourselves and your families and know you can depend on your fellow members."
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. They 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 Ansar Siddiqui spoke on behalf of the graduating class about their experiences and camaraderie at OPC. "We have become a family and helped each other get through our training,"he said. "As police officers we are held to a high standard of service. We must be professional, dedicated, humble and kind."
In addition to their academic training, several officers took part in extracurricular activities while training at OPC. The accomplishments of note for this class were , Class Leaders, Sports Representatives, Pod Leaders, Flag Duty and Student Duty Officers.
As voted upon by his peers, the Allan Christiansen Memorial Award went to Cst. Robert Babikian. This award honours Cst. Babikan 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!
Congratulating each other (JPG file, 173.4K bytes)
Friends and Family turn out to cheer on the new recruits (JPG file, 259.5K bytes)
Inspection by Chief Martin, Deputies Fernandes and Jaswal and Chair Roger Anderson (JPG file, 229.9K bytes)
Taking their Oath of Office (JPG file, 182.4K bytes)
Cst. Bell receives his badge from his father DRP Det. Bell (JPG file, 248.8K bytes)
Allan Christiansen Plaque (JPG file, 279.3K bytes)
Rob Babikian receives Allan Christiansen award (JPG file, 155.9K bytes)
Recruit Storm gets his badge (JPG file, 379.7K bytes)
Ansar Siddiqui addresses his peers (JPG file, 333.7K bytes)
Group shot (JPG file, 253.5K bytes)