Former DRPS Police Chief David J. Edwards was honoured on Friday at a special ceremony at Port Whitby Marina.
Edwards, who served as Chief from 1998 to 1993, had the Service's 34-foot HIKE marine patrol vessel named after him. He was then escorted on to the boat and given an honourary tour of the Whitby harbour.
Assisting with the presentation were current police chief Kevin McAlpine, Police Services Board Chair Doug Moffatt and Board member Joe Drumm, who all praised Edwards for his years of service.
Edwards was deeply moved by the gesture and thanked everyone in attendance for their support and recognition. He began his policing career in 1961 after flirting with the idea of joining the navy. He started as a Cadet in the Oshawa Police Department and by the time the local police services were amalgamated in 1974, he was an Inspector.
He also served as President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and was a representative to the executive body of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He retired in 1992 and resides in Oshawa with his wife Rita.
The David J. Edwards is a 34-foot search and rescue vessel built by HIKE Industries near Leamington, Ontario. It was first put in to service in April of 2004.
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