Ottawa's newest police officers will receive their badges at a graduation ceremony Tuesday.

The Ottawa Police Service notes these 26 recruits reflect the city's diversity.

The first class of seven recruits has two bilingual recruits and two trilingual recruits.


The second class made of 19 officers has eight bilingual and five trilingual officers (languages spoken include: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Tagalog, Portuguese, Arabic, Luganda, Punjabi and Hindi).

The officers will resume their duties as constables on Wednesday.

Chief Vern White will present the badges to these 26 officers to formally welcome them to the police service. The officers will then sign their oath of office.

'Oni, the Haitian Sensation', a poet, author, arts educator and the director of the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights has been invited to read a poem at the graduation. Patrick Joseph will accompany her on percussions.

The event takes place at 2 p.m. at the Cartier Square Drill Hall, located at 2 Queen Elizabeth Dr. in Ottawa.