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A chance to be Durham’s Police Chief for a day

Local students have their chance to become Durham’s police chief for a day.

The 16th Annual Police Chief for a Day essay contest doesn’t start until September, but essays can be entered now.

Students entering into Grade 5 this fall are invited to enter the essay contest now. The theme of the essay contest is entitled “What would you do if you were the Chief of Police for a day?” The essay is limited to 500 words.

In the fall, the top Grade 5 finalists from various school boards across Durham Region will be picked up at their schools by police cruisers and escorted to Durham Regional Police Service headquarters. They will then read their winning essays to a community panel of judges, including Chief Paul Martin, members of the Police Services Board, and members of the Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night (PADAN) Committee.

The winner will serve as Chief for a Day on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and will be a guest of honour at the 15th Annual PADAN on Oct. 25 at Deer Creek in Ajax.

All submissions must include:

  • Name of student submitting essay
  • Name and city of school attending
  • School Board the student attends

All essays for consideration are due on Tuesday, Sept. 18 and are to be submitted via email at:
For more information, contact Cst. Heather Wilson at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1740.