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  Congratulations Aruba, Our New Chief for a Day!

Oct 02, 2017 11:54 ET

It was an exciting morning for Grade 5 student Aruba Kashif of Vincent Massey PS in Oshawa as she was named the DRPS Police Chief for a Day.

Vincent Massey PS had a surprise visit Monday from DRPS Chief Paul Martin who made the special announcement during a morning assembly, attended by Aruba's classmates and family members. Constable Heather Wilson and Duty Inspector Peter Cousins were also there to wish her well.

Aruba's essay about what she would do if she was police chief stood out among over 1,000 entries from across Durham Region this year. She presented to a group of community judges along with 11 other Grade 5 finalists in Whitby on Friday. Aruba will be fitted for her new uniform and will take over the Chief's duties on October 24, 2017 following a swearing in ceremony at Regional Headquarters. After that, her duties will include a tour of the region including visits to our East Division, Forensic Identification Unit and Police Education and Innovation Centre before she takes to the sky in Air1.

On October 26, 2017 Aruba will attend the 15th Annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night (PADAN), at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Hall in Ajax, where she will read her winning essay to a group of over 600 guests.

Members of the Media are invited to attend headquarters on October 24, 2017 to cover Chief for a Day activities. A full itinerary will be released when finalized.

DRPS would like to thank everyone who took part in this year' Chief for a Day competition.

Below are attached files.
Chief for a Day Aruba and Cst. Heather Wilson (JPG file, 225.9K bytes)
Aruba with her family and police  (JPG file, 322.4K bytes)
A bit hug from proud mom (JPG file, 276.3K bytes)
Aruba gets a congratulations kiss from her proud dad (JPG file, 216.8K bytes)
Chief Martin Announces Aruba as Chief for a Day (JPG file, 163.8K bytes)