Ten-year-old Vanessa Foran of Whitby has been chosen as this year’s Police Chief for a Day after a volunteer committee selected her essay on Sep. 29.
The five finalists from the Durham District School Board presented their essays, entitled “What it is like to be a Police Officer,” to the committee at Regional Headquarters in Whitby. All were outstanding and each child was made an Honorary Deputy Chief.
The winner, Vanessa Foran, is a Grade 5 student from Florence M. Heard Public School in Whitby. She will be picked up from her school in a police cruiser and sworn in as Chief for the Day on Oct. 17 at police headquarters in Whitby. Her ceremonial duties will include a tour of the building and an introduction to various police units.
Vanessa will receive a DRP Chief’s uniform and a gift pack from the police service. On Oct. 20 Vanessa and two guests will be VIP guests of the DRP at the third annual Police Appreciation Night (PAN), at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Hall in Ajax, where she will read her winning essay.
Guest judges for the competition were: PAN Members Robert Fraser of Fraser Ford; Moe Pringle of Toshiba; Blair McArthur of The Miller Group; as well as Tom Bell, vice-president of the DRPA; Chief Designate Vernon White; Doug Moffatt, chair of the DRPSB; Mark Joel, Superintendent of Education/Operations for the DDSB; and Elizabeth Roy, DDSB Trustee for the Town of Whitby.
Vanessa Foran thumb (JPG file, 34.9K bytes)
Chief Designate White and Vanessa Foran (JPG file, 154.3K bytes)
Vanessa reads her essay to the panel (JPG file, 127.8K bytes)