Detective-Constable Deborah Knight of the Durham Regional Police Service has been recognized for her outstanding efforts in helping young people.
At the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) in Montreal, D/Cst. Knight received a Certificate of Distinction for her work with the Youth in Action Program. Established in 2008, Youth in Action helps young people residing in low-income housing to interact with their local police forces in positive ways.
The certificate is part of the annual Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Awards. This year's main award went to Corporal James Cooley of the RCMP, "E" Division. For the past 20 years, Corporal Cooley has given his time to youth in conflict with the law and taught the values of personal responsibility and community involvement.
D/Cst. Knight was recognzied for her work with the Youth in Action program, which allows youth residing in low-income housing to interact with their local police force in positive ways. Through open dialogue, information sessions, and a range of activities, Youth in Action helps young people in conflict with the law, and young people at risk of becoming in conflict with the law, understand themselves, their strengths, and their impact in their communities.
Youth in Action is a collaborative effort between the Durham Regional Police Service, Region of Durham Social Services and Durham District School Board Continuing Education. It doubles as a Grade 11 credit leadership course which is offered in the community rooms of housing developments. This has led to many youth re-enrolling in the school system and has allowed family, friends and community leaders to be closely involved in the lives and education of the participants.
D/Cst. Knight was an essential partner in initiating this program which uses education to engage at-risk youth in their own neighbourhoods. Her extraordinary efforts have had a positive impact on the lives of countless youth in the Durham Region and she will continue to play an important role as the Youth in Action program expands.
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