For 18 new recruits of the DRPS, last night's graduation ceremony in Oshawa signified the beginning of an exciting chapter in their new careers as police officers.
The DRPS Pipes and Drums and Honour Guard formally began the ceremony with musical accompaniment by the DRP Choir. The new officers received a warm welcome by Chief Paul Martin, Deputy Chiefs Chris Fernandes and Uday Jaswal, CAO Stan MacLellan and Police Services Board Member, Bill McLean. Rev. Bill Tadeja led the service with a prayer, while His Worship Justice of the Peace Bob Boychyn conducted the Oath of Office and Oath of Secrecy with Inspector Dean Bertrim administered the Oath of Membership for the officers.
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.
Chief Martin commended the new officers on their commitment to the safety of our community and acknowledged that a career with DRPS is one of great challenge, possibility and reward.
"After today, you will be charged with the responsibility and accountability of public service and reap the rewards that come from this honour," Chief Martin said. "Our vision, 'To have the safest community for people to live, work and play' can only be realized through collaboration with our many community partners and external stakeholders. By working together as a team, through the cooperative efforts of our members, both civilian and sworn. Together, as 1200 Strong, we will be the guardians of the peace for this community. We are proud of you, this community is proud of you. Serve with pride, respect, humility and dignity."
Representing his graduating class, Cst. Trevor Crump spoke about each of their varied backgrounds, bringing a diverse skillset to the organization. After spending the last five months together he touched upon their challenges and successes of training, as well as the promising future that lies ahead at DRPS.
"Every new police officer standing before you today will be able to utilize their backgrounds within their daily duties and serve the Durham Region with pride and respect," Cst. Crump said."Be honest, work hard and have strong moral principles. Each and everyone us got hired because we already possess this ability, but it is up to us to continue working hard and serve our community the right way. The world of policing is forever evolving, and it is up to us to be adaptable to the change, and to continuously grow with the career, taking one day at a time."
As voted upon by his peers, the Allan Christiansen Memorial Award went to Cst. Wallace Peddle. This award honours Cst. Peddle 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!
New Officers Ready For Inspection (JPG file, 387.0K bytes)
Officer Receives Badge (JPG file, 1,683.6K bytes)
Cst. Crump Class Valedictorian (JPG file, 1,366.7K bytes)
Cst. Peddle Receives Allan Christiansen Memorial Award (JPG file, 1,761.2K bytes)
Celebratory Embrace (JPG file, 2,717.7K bytes)
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