Saluting police officers and handling media inquiries may not come naturally to 9-year-old Alexandra Wright, but she rose to the occasion as Durham Regional Police Chief for a Day.
Alexandra, a Grade 5 student at St. Joseph Catholic School in Uxbridge, won the “Police Chief for a Day” contest and as a result, swore an oath of office on Tuesday, October 19th before taking on the duties of her rank.
Classmates watched as Alexandra was escorted from school by DRP Constable Sherri Delaney to assume her new role. Dressed in a custom-made uniform and police hat, Alexandra and her mother were driven to headquarters in a police vehicle for her official swearing in and oath of office.
Alexandra met Dillon and Chase of the Canine Unit, who demonstrated their skill at finding weapons and jumping over barriers for the new Chief. After she had her fingerprints taken by officers of the Forensic Identification Unit, Alexandra got to experience what she said was the highlight of her day - riding the police helicopter to her school and waving at her classmates from high in the air.
The Durham Regional Police Service thanks Alexandra for her participation in the competition and for her enthusiasm in performing her duties as Chief for a Day. Alexandra will also attend this Thursday’s Police Appreciation Night at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility in Ajax, Ontario as a VIP guest of the Durham Regional Police Service.
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Chief Wright with Chief Kevin McAlpine (JPG file, 8.3K bytes)
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