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  The 2011 Youth In Policing Initiative is Officially Underway

Jun 24, 2011 12:52 ET

The 2011 Youth In Policing (YIP) initiative officially began on June 23 with a special launch at UOIT in Oshawa.

Chief Mike Ewles, along with Deputy Chief Scott Burns, Chief Administrative Officer Stan MacLellan, Constable Keith Richards and YIP Co-ordinator Katie Zeppieri, offered a warm welcome and best wishes to the students as they embark on their eight-week summer experience with DRPS.

“Get ready for an exciting, challenging and rewarding summer,” said Chief Ewles to the 54 teenagers. “I look forward to seeing all your successes and creating ambassadors and leaders, not just for DRPS, but for your schools and communities.”

Katie and YIP Team Leaders Brock Wilson, Catalina Herrera and Paige Coulouras highlighted all the challenges and opportunities they would be facing during this unique summer experience. They emphasized the new Youth In Policing Mission Statemant – U.N.I.T.E.D.
Understand and appreciate diversity
Navigate your future through setting personal and professional goals
Involve yourself as leaders in the community
Think and reflect globally
Empower others to be ambassadors of change
Discover policing beyond the uniform

Throughout the summer the students will partake in numerous community initiatives such as; mentoring young children at Eastview Boys and Girls Club, diversity training with the Harmony Movement, visiting residents at retirement homes, cleaning up the community and hosting a Provincial Youth Forum on July 26.

For more information about the YIP program, please contact Co-ordinator Katie Zeppieri at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 4386 or

Below are attached files.
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Chief Ewles welcomes the students and their parents (JPG file, 466.5K bytes)
The 2011 YIP Supervising Team (JPG file, 382.3K bytes)