Cadet to Constable

By Sara Faruqi, Toronto Police Service Published: 9:29 a.m. September 9, 2014
Updated: 3:38 p.m. September 9, 2014

On Wednesday, 89 men and women will enter the Toronto Police College as cadets and leave with their badges and the task to keep our communities safe as police constables.

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Chris Priebe and Andrea Yepes are among the newest officers to join the Service at their graduation ceremony Sept. 10

The class is comprised of 13.5% women and 34.8% visible minority members. A total of 91% have successfully completed post-secondary education and 20.2% have previous military or policing experience. A total of 56.2% of the class speaks a language other than English, from Albanian to Hindi to Korean. Of the new recruits who speak a second language, 29.2% speak two or more languages other than English.

TPSnews.ca had the chance to speak to several of the Service's newest officers before their graduation ceremony. 

Meet some of the new recruits:

From Cadet to Constable

Zsofia Balazs

The 24-year-old competed for Canada in the 2012 London Olympic Games in the 10-km open water competition. She speaks Hungarian and has also graduated from the Humber College Police Foundations & Crime Scene Investigations program. She will be presented her badge by her friend, Constable Julie Rowe.

Chris Priebe

The graduate of the Law Enforcement and Investigations program at Durham College will be presented his badge by his father-in-law, Chuck Mercier, a retired deputy chief of the Durham Regional Police Service. Priebe has worked as a member of the Ontario Power Generation Nuclear Response Force.

Thushanth Selvakumar

Selvakumar  graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminology and Justice. This is the second job he has held with the Toronto Police Service. He becomes the first participant in the  Youth In Policing Initiative, a summer job opportunity for students, to become a police constable.

Emily Wilkinson

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice from Griffith University in Australia and a Police Foundations diploma from Algonquin College as well as a diploma in Protection, Security and Investigation: Crime Scene Investigation from Humber College. Emily's mentor, retired Toronto Police Staff Sergeant Dennis Buligan will be presenting her with her badge.

Andrea Yepes

The Spanish-speaking officer received a diploma in Police Foundations from Seneca College. She worked as a server and also as a youth basketball coach for the York South Silver Knights before joining the Toronto Police Service.

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