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New officers follow in dads? footsteps; Sudbury force welcomes five recruits

Two veteran members of the Greater Sudbury Police Service couldn?t hide their pride Thursday when their children were introduced as two of five new recruits hired by the local police service.

Two veteran members of the Greater Sudbury Police Service couldn?t hide their pride Thursday when their children were introduced as two of five new recruits hired by the local police service.

The five newest recruits to the police service include Kathryn Howard, daughter of veteran Grant Howard, and Brad Purvis, son of Glen Purvis. Both Grant Howard and Glen Purvis have been police officers for more than 30 years.

The new recruits were introduced to the Greater Sudbury Police Services Board at their monthly meeting Thursday.

Howard and Purvis pinned the official police badges on their children before the police services board. All members of the board then shook hands with the five new recruits.

Board chair Andy Humber said it?s a policy among the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that when the child of a veteran officer is hired, to have the parent present when the hiring is officially announced.

?We hope to carry on that tradition with our police service,? said Humber.

Brad Purvis is a business administration graduate, who has been a regular volunteer with the Sudbury Trail Plan and Valley East Minor Hockey Association.

Kathryn Howard was a summer student with the local police service, before going into court security at the Sudbury courthouse.

Other new recruits are Const. John Robinson, who hails from Kapuskasing and is a graduate of Laurentian University; Const. Michel Leblance, who comes from Sturgeon Falls and is a Cambrian College law and security graduate; and Const. Patrick Morrow, who left a banking job in Owen Sound to become a police officer.

Police Chief Ian Davidson said the five new recruits are ?literally the best of the best? of the 100 or so graduates from Ontario Police College who applied to the Sudbury servic.

?We?re happy to have you all on board and good luck,? said Davidson.