Lethbridge, Alberta – The Lethbridge Police Service welcomed two additions to the family Tuesday, although neither required introductions.
The first Officer Graduation Ceremony of 2021 saw Const. Gerrilee Boon and Const. Dayton Pagliericci sworn in after an accelerated training period, due to their previous law enforcement experience. Both graduated from the Cadet program in 2019 and served the LPS in the role of Community Peace Officers.
The grad ceremony at the Lethbridge Police station was less formal and smaller than usual, as COVID-19 restrictions didn’t allow family members to participate, and social distancing measures were followed. Both graduates did have someone special to co-present their badges, with Acting-Sgt. Marco Pagliericci, a 20-year member of the LPS, there for his nephew, Dayton. RCMP Const. Tanis Asmussen co-presented the badge to Gerrilee, a friend since they met while she was volunteering with the LPS Victim/Witness Services Unit.
The Lethbridge Police constables were sworn in by Judge Greg Maxwell, who noted they begin their careers at a time when law enforcement agencies are under greater scrutiny than ever before. He pointed out their role is to keep the peace, and it will be their tongue and not their sidearm which will be their most important tool in achieving that.
Lethbridge Police Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh welcomed the graduates to a noble, yet challenging career and advised them to allow the core values of the LPS to guide them in keeping the public safe.
“Never lose pride in who you are, what you do, and the difference that you will make every day,” he said.
Lethbridge Police Service
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