Twenty-eight young people and their parents met with Chief Mike Ewles at the launch of this summer’s Youth in Policing program at Regional Headquarters July 3.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, DRP will employ the 28 youth from July to August 2008, engaging them in positive productive activities in a safe and healthy environment.
This year the successful participants were chosen from over 260 applicants throughout Durham Region.
During their time at DRP the youth will undergo orientation and training throughout the entire service. A Youth Forum is planned for August where they will join Youth in Policing students from across the province to discuss topics such as bullying and gangs. The students will then develop strategies to take back to their communities and schools to help combat these issues. They will also be given assigned tasks and responsibilities and are expected to be productive in the workplace.
The goal of the program is to inspire young people to look at policing as a career choice and to become ambassadors by improving police and community relations. Currently DRP is one of eight police services offering the Youth in Policing program in Ontario.
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Information session (JPG file, 168.5K bytes)
Chief Ewles and students (JPG file, 149.5K bytes)