Our 18 new recruits beamed with pride at graduation ceremonies held at the Ontario Police College (OPC) near London, Ontario on April 5. Proud family members and friends cheered them on as they begin an exciting new career in law enforcement.
Police Chief Paul Martin, Deputy Chief Uday Jaswal, Acting Superintendent Dave Brown and HR Director Lesley Ford were among DRPS leaders who attended the ceremony, along with members of our Human Resources Unit and the Police Education and Innovation Centre (PEIC). The 2017 graduating class are among the most diverse group of new recruits in DRP history.
The OPC March Past and Review event is full of pomp and ceremony, including an Honour Guard, precision drills, an inspection by the OACP executive and an impressive march by over 300 graduating police officers who have been hired by police services from across Ontario.
A highlight of the ceremony was a speech delivered by DRPS recruit Trevor Crump. Selected amongst his peers, Trevor spoke on behalf of his fellow students about their experiences of going through the tough training requirements at the OPC.
One of our new recruits stood out in the crowd, literally -- at 6'7", Matt Scott towered above his fellow graduates. Matt said he's really looking forward to joining the DRP team to work as a frontline constable.
The day marked an important milestone in their progression as police officers. Our 18 new recruits will continue their training and development in Durham Region as they prepare for life as frontline police constables. Once the second phase of training is successfully completed, the new recruits will participate in a graduation ceremony scheduled for May 11th at Durham College/UOIT.
OPC Graduates (JPG file, 137.3K bytes)
Recruits lining up for inspection (JPG file, 340.4K bytes)
Celebratory hug (JPG file, 510.7K bytes)
DRP recruits give a thumbs up (JPG file, 394.2K bytes)
Trevor Crump speaks to his peers (JPG file, 280.3K bytes)