Ten-year old Ada Leahy got a surprise visit from Chief Paul Martin at her school this morning, where he announced she will be this year's Police Chief for a Day. A volunteer committee selected Ada's winning essay from 11 semi-finalists at a contest held last Friday.
Ada is a Grade 5 student from St. Matthew the Evangelist Catholic School in Whitby and her essay included her wish to educate kids on bullying and internet safety.
On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Ada will be picked up from her school in a police cruiser and sworn in as Chief for a Day. After her ceremony at police headquarters, her duties will include a tour of the building and visits to the Forensic Identification Unit and Police Education and Innovation Centre before she takes to the sky in Air1. Victoria will receive a Durham Regional Police Chief's uniform and a gift pack from the police service.
On October 27, 2016, Ada will attend the 14th Annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night (PADAN), at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Hall in Ajax, where she will read her winning essay.
Members of the Media are invited to attend headquarters on October 25, 2016 to cover Chief for a Day activities. A full itinerary will be released when finalized.
The Durham Regional Police Service would like to thank all contestants and school administrators for their participation in this year's Chief for a Day contest.
Congratulations Chief Ada!
Chief Martin announces Ada is the new Chief (JPG file, 537.5K bytes)
Chief Martin greets students at St. Matthew the Evangelist in Whitby (JPG file, 911.9K bytes)
Ada gets a hug from her proud mom (JPG file, 1,454.3K bytes)
Ada poses with Chief Martin and Cst. Heather Wilson (JPG file, 960.7K bytes)
Ada and her parents and grandparents (JPG file, 3,024.9K bytes)
DRPS officers join in for a group shot (JPG file, 683.2K bytes)