Durham Regional Police bid farewell to 28 Youth in Policing students from across the region at a graduation ceremony at Regional Headquarters. The ceremony was attended by Chief Mike Ewles, members of the Police Services Board, representatives from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and proud family and friends.
The students, who range in age from 14-17, spent the summer with DRP gaining valuable leadership skills and learning about policing. Over the summer they attended several police units, took part in the Harmony Movement, visited St. Vincent’s Kitchen, mentored children at Eastview Boys and Girls Club and participated in several other team building exercises.
The program, which is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, is now in its third year and is steadily growing. The objectives of the program include strengthening the relations between police and young people, giving young people the chance to see what policing is all about and providing them with the leadership skills to mentor others about their experiences. The students are encouraged to act as ambassadors and even consider a future career in policing.
During the graduation, many of the students spoke about their time at DRP and how much they have grown from the experience. Chief Mike Ewles says he sees the leadership potential that has developed in all of the students and encourages them to continue giving back to their communities.
The evening included a skit and dance from the students along with the presentation of their certificates. They also presented their supervisor Katie Zeppieri with a gift and thanked her for her knowledge and support throughout the summer.
Congratulations to the graduates!
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