Eleven finalists in the DRPS "Police Chief for a Day" contest presented their winning essays about making a difference in the community in front of a judging panel on September 29 in Whitby.
The Grade 5 students from across the region were picked up at their schools in DRPS cruisers and driven to Regional Headquarters where they met their families.
The judging panel was comprised of Deputy Chief Chris Fernandes, Deb Hodgins from the Durham Regional Police Association, Bobbie Drew from the Police Services Board , as well as Chris Schope from Scotiabank and Bob Pinkney, Don Terry and Phil Meagher from the Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night (PADAN) and Michael Fernandes, DRPS co-op student.
One lucky student will be chosen as "Police Chief for a Day" and will fulfill those duties on Oct. 24. Also, in their position as Chief for a Day, the winner and two guests will attend the 15th Annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night on Oct. 26 to present their essay.
The finalists are: Rowan Mitchell (St Josheph CS); James Smith(Father Venini CS); Emma Maksymick (College Hill PS); Aruba Kashif (Vincent Massey PS); Hayley Clancy (St. Marguerite D'Youville CS); Arhum Ismaili (Roland Michener PS); Elani Scott (Maple Ridge PS); Leah Aunger (St. Marguerite D'Youville CS); Macaileigh Fohshow (Williamsburg PS); Madeline Price (Blair Ridge PS) and Gillian Westerman (Norman G Powers PS).
All finalists did an outstanding job presenting their essays and are excellent representatives for their schools. The winner will be announced on October 2, 2017.
DRPS congratulates all the finalists!
Deputies with Deputy Chief Fernandes and Community Judges (JPG file, 1,717.6K bytes)
Arhum prepares to deliver his speech (JPG file, 324.5K bytes)
Aruba presents as the judges look on (JPG file, 121.9K bytes)
Deputy Fernandes shakes hands with Elani (JPG file, 190.4K bytes)
Gillian delivers her speech (JPG file, 161.8K bytes)
Hayley gets a round of applause (JPG file, 267.7K bytes)
James gets a thumbs up (JPG file, 144.5K bytes)
Leah reads her speech for the judges (JPG file, 133.3K bytes)
Macaileigh heads in to deliver her speech (JPG file, 225.8K bytes)
Madeline is welcomed by Cst. Cockburn (JPG file, 278.2K bytes)
Rowan delivers his speech (JPG file, 126.4K bytes)
Emma shakes hands with Deputy Fernandes (JPG file, 215.6K bytes)