The Dryden OPP recently welcomed the newly amalgamated members of the former Dryden Police Services.  

The Dryden Detachment of the OPP held a welcome ceremony on March 29, 2022, for the ten, newly amalgamated, members of the former Dryden Police Services (DPS).  

The amalgamation between the two officially happened in late February, but discussions about the transition started nearly five years ago.  

In the month since the official transition, DPS members who decided to make the switch to the OPP have been in training as they prepared to hit the streets in their new uniforms.  

The welcome ceremony was an opportunity to congratulate and welcome the new officers and their families, according to OPP spokesperson Constable Brittany Bembeneck.

Constable Bembeneck noted, “One thing that was noted [at the event] by the amalgamated members is that they are excited to get back on the road and serve the citizens of Dryden after their month of training.” 

When asked about the transition, Constable Bembeneck said “Things have been quite smooth since the transmission in policing, we have had provincial deployed members travelling to Dryden to help us with the policing duties and we very much appreciate them.” 

“We would just like to thank the citizens of Dryden for their patience with us we learn this new way of policing,” she concluded.