A group of new constables, civilians and PSDs were sworn into the Service at a recent recruit graduation ceremony.
After more than five months of training, 15 new recruits were presented with their badges and celebrated their achievements. The new recruits were joined by four new civilian members who took their Oaths of Office for their roles with the Service.
As well, three new PSDs were presented with their badges: Jett, Flex and Rogue. D/Cst. Wayne King brought his eight-year-old daughter Ava to accept Rouge's badge because of the sacrifice she made while the dog was being qualified for duty-she was in hospital during the pivotal weeks of Rouge's training and she told her father to focus on the dog instead of her.
Welcoming the new members was Chief Paul Martin, Police Services Board Chair Roger Anderson and Deputy Chief Uday Jaswal.
The group of recruits successfully completed a 13-week training program at the Ontario Police College (OPC) and an eight-week in-service program at the DRPS Police Education and Innovation Centre. Cst. Jacob Coull spoke on behalf of the graduating class about their experiences at OPC in Aylmer, Ontario. The officers will join platoons across Durham Region and receive on-the-job training from coach officers for the next three months.
The crowd (and recruits alike) erupted in applause when it was announced that Cst. Paige Coulouras was the recipient of the Allan D Christiansen Memorial Award as voted by her peers. This award honours Cst. Coulouras-who is a former YIP student and Special Constable-for her positive attitude in life and training, exceptional leadership qualities, dedication to a high level of personal fitness and commitment to volunteering.
Congratulations to all!
New Recruits (JPG file, 454.3K bytes)
New Constables Taking the Oath (JPG file, 1,251.6K bytes)
Civilians Taking the Oath (JPG file, 841.7K bytes)
PSD Rouge and his Handler's Daughter Ava (JPG file, 1,700.8K bytes)
Salute (JPG file, 1,286.0K bytes)
Badge Presentation (JPG file, 1,648.6K bytes)
Award Winner (JPG file, 2,525.9K bytes)
Hugs All Around (JPG file, 1,541.1K bytes)
PSD Jett (JPG file, 1,085.1K bytes)