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  Students Experience Policing World for a Day

Nov 12, 2002 05:23 ET

Over 40 Grade 9 students learned more about the world of policing as they accompanied their parent to work as part of Take Your Kids To Work Day.

The students began their day at Headquarters in Oshawa at 9 a.m., where they were welcomed by Deputy Chief Chuck Mercier. He told them to consider policing as a future career option and talked about policing as a rewarding and challenging career that makes a significant difference in the lives of people every day.

The students learned about Forensic Identification, the Cells area, Tactical Support, Volunteering, Traffic Services, the K-9 Unit and the Street Crime Unit. They were given a demonstration by the K-9 unit when drug dog Dillon sniffed out a suspicious package that had been hidden in the building. Although the program ended just after 1 p.m., many students took the opportunity to stay with their parents for the remainder of the day to learn first hand what their parents did at work.

Fourteen year-old Aileen Robertson learned a lot about the work her father, Cst. Dave Robertson, performs every day in the Forensic Identification Unit. She was impressed with the variety of jobs in policing and how much work is done every day. She found the day very educational, especially the K-9 demonstration.

“It was good,” she said, “the dog was able to smell around a specific area and then located the package. It was really interesting.”

Below are attached files.
Kids at Work thumbnail (JPG file, 4.3K bytes)
Constable Robertson with daughter, Aileen (JPG file, 18.9K bytes)
DRP Deputy Chief Mercier Addresses Students (JPG file, 111.8K bytes)