DRPS Welcomes 16 New Recruits

DRPS Welcomes 16 New Recruits

DRPS welcomed 16 new recruits to the organization at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, February 6 in Ajax.

The graduation included the Pipes and Drums, DRPS choir and the families and friends of the recruits who were there to show their support. The recruits recited their Declaration of Membership after being greeted by Deputy Chief Kirkpatrick, who also presented each recruit with their badge.

This was Deputy Chief Kirkpatrick’s first graduation ceremony as Deputy Chief at DRPS and told the recruits: “Policing requires courage, compassion, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards of your office as constables. The challenges you will face are diverse and dynamic, but I am confident that the training you have undergone has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to navigate through these challenges.”

Class valedictorian Cst. Sarah Heydon spoke on behalf of the graduating class and thanked her fellow classmates for their support and encouragement during their training. “I could not be more proud of us. What an absolute pleasure it has been growing, learning, persevering and going forward, serving, with you.”  

The recipient of the Allan D Christiansen Memorial Award as voted by the recruit class was Victoria March. This award honours Cst. March for her positive attitude in life and training, exceptional leadership qualities, dedication to a high level of personal fitness and commitment to volunteering.

The officers will join platoons across Durham Region and receive training from coach officers for the next three months.

Welcome to our newest recruits and congratulations!

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