Twenty new recruits have joined the ranks of the DRPS.
The group is among nearly 450 recent graduates of the Ontario Police College in Aylmer.
“Policing is a noble profession – one that requires courage, compassion and commitment,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones in a media release.
“As today’s graduates take the next step in their career, we’re reminded that Ontario’s police officers risk their lives each and every day to keep our communities safe, and for that, we should all be thankful.”
The successful completion of basic constable training marks an important milestone on the path to becoming a police officer. During the 12-week program, recruits learn how to prevent crime, assist victims, maintain public order and respond to emergencies.
“On behalf of the Ontario government, I would like to congratulate all 440 officers graduating today. I’m pleased that today’s graduates are more reflective of the communities they will serve with more than a quarter being women, a third able to speak more than one language and one in four who identify as a visible minority or Indigenous,” said Jones.
“It took a lot of hard work and commitment to reach this goal and as you move forward in your career, know that we are committed to providing you with the support and resources you need to keep the public safe.”