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  Policing Hopefuls Learn About Becoming a Recruit

Feb 17, 2017 10:10 ET

There was a packed room of DRPS hopefuls at a recruiting information session in Whitby last night. Members from the Human Resources Unit partnered with members from the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Unit to plan this session in honour of Black History Month.

More than 100 people attended the event, which began with greetings from Chief Paul Martin. Deputy Chief Chris Fernandes also spoke to the crowd about his experiences becoming a police officer. As a youth, when he told his Guyanese father he wanted to be a police officer, he was met with apprehension.

"In Guyana, police weren't respected. There was corruption," said Deputy Chief Fernandes. But over time, his father has witnessed how police services operate differently in Canada and is now a champion for all the great work done by officers in Durham and Toronto, where Deputy Fernandes has also worked.

DRPS members spoke to attendees about the applicant process, Ontario Police College, training and the overall requirements for the Constable position. They each shared their own personal experiences with applying for policing and their years on duty. Attendees also viewed two new recruiting videos produced by DRPS ( To view the videos click here)

The presentation was followed by a very informative question and answer period. And finally attendees were encouraged to approach the officers and ask further questions.

All members of the public considering a career with DRPS were encouraged to attend. And if you missed this event, please continue to check for future recruiting forums.

For additional career opportunities with Durham Regional Police Service please visit the Careers section of our website. If you have any further questions regarding the Constable Information Session or registration process, please contact us at

Below are attached files.
Recruit Forum (JPG file, 357.2K bytes)
Deputy Chief Fernandes speaks about his policing career (JPG file, 818.7K bytes)
S/Sgt. Colquhoun relays stories about his time at DRPS (JPG file, 942.4K bytes)
Questions were answered (JPG file, 999.1K bytes)
Speaking with the recruiting team (JPG file, 1,166.9K bytes)
Learning about the recruiting process (JPG file, 1,406.2K bytes)
Getting to know officers on duty (JPG file, 1,056.6K bytes)
Gathering information about policing (JPG file, 1,518.9K bytes)