AUDIO: Windsor Police Welcoming Diverse Group Of Recruits

The Windsor Police Service is welcoming 15 new officers to the front lines.

The group consists of a blend of new recruits and experienced officers from other police departments coming from several different backgrounds.

Phillip Gratton spent 10 years in the military with postings all over Canada and the world.

He says he always wanted to pursue a career in policing.

"It really just came down to what I really wanted to do in life and you know what? Coming back here was always a plan. A lot of self-discovery over time, spent a lot of time away. So I really got to find myself, found where I wanted to be and that was back in my home town trying to help out."

Nick Bigley was born and raised in the Leamington/Kingsville area and says he's been trying to get on with Windsor for about 12 years.

"I've always loved Windsor, coming to Windsor. It's a diverse city. Just looking forward to getting out on the streets and impacting people in a positive way. I just love being in the community and helping people. It's a passion of mine and it feels amazing to finally accomplish that goal."

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Windsor Police Chief Al Frederick greets new recruits at a badge presentation ceremony May 17, 2018 at the Tilston Armoury (Photo courtesy of the Windsor Police via Twitter)

Danish Ahmed was born in Dubai and moved to Windsor with his family in 2002.

He says it's an honour to be called a police officer.

"When I came here, the Windsor Police, itself, has demonstrated a lot to me and my family. It's given a lot to me and my family with a positive role model when I was growing up here and I felt that this was a great opportunity for me to give back to a city that has given me a lot throughout my life."

The recruits have been in training for the past six months with many officially starting on the job next week.

The group was sworn in at a badge presentation ceremony Thursday night at the Tilston Armoury.