Our 19 new recruits were sworn into the Service at a recruit graduation ceremony at Durham College on May 14.
After more than five months of training, 19 new recruits were presented with their badges and celebrated their achievements.
Welcoming the new members was Chief Paul Martin, Police Services Board Chair Randy Wilson and a number of DRPS Executive Leadership Team members, Durham College faculty members and representatives from Islamic centres in Durham Region.
The group of recruits successfully completed a 13-week training program at the Ontario Police College (OPC) and an eight-week in-service program at the DRPS Police Education and Innovation Centre. Cst. Travis Rodgers spoke on behalf of the graduating class about their experiences at OPC in Aylmer, Ontario. The officers will join platoons across Durham Region and receive on-the-job training from coach officers for the next three months.
Cst. Reed Bell received the Allan D Christiansen Memorial Award as voted by his peers. This award honours Cst. Bell for his positive attitude in life and training, exceptional leadership qualities, dedication to a high level of personal fitness and commitment to volunteering. Bell was presented his badge and the award by his father and brother, who are also DRPS officers.
Congratulations to all!
Class Photo (JPG file, 418.5K bytes)
Pipes and Drums (JPG file, 1,361.7K bytes)
Recruit with Chief (JPG file, 2,816.7K bytes)
Recruit with his DRPS mentor Cst. Carr (JPG file, 2,522.9K bytes)
Award winner (JPG file, 1,807.3K bytes)
Speaking about Experiences at OPC (JPG file, 2,831.0K bytes)
Shaking Hands (JPG file, 1,682.2K bytes)
Chief Inspects Recruits (JPG file, 2,417.5K bytes)
Proud Dad (JPG file, 1,811.1K bytes)
Celebratory Hugs (JPG file, 1,787.3K bytes)