Durham Regional Police bid farewell to 54 Youth in Policing (YIP) students from across the region at a graduation ceremony at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Ajax.
The ceremony was attended by Deputy Chief Scott Burns and Deputy Chief Sherry Whiteway, members of the Durham Regional Police, Kathy Holland from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and proud family and friends.
The students, who range in age from 14-18, spent the summer with DRPS gaining valuable leadership skills and learning about policing. Over the summer they attended several police units, took part in the Harmony Movement (diversity training), hosted a Jr. Leadership Camp, mentored children at Eastview Boys and Girls Club and participated in a Native Canadian experience with the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. During the graduation, many of the students spoke about their time at DRP and how much they have grown from the experience.
The evening included a drum performance by Muhtadi and the World Drummers, inspirational quotes from the students along with the presentation of their certificates. YIP student Jenny Zhou was presented with the DRPS - Diversity Advisory Committee’s, Diversity Champion Award.
The program, which is funded in part by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, is now in its sixth year. 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.
Congratulations to the graduates!
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YIP Grad Jenny Zhou Receives Her Award (JPG file, 67.1K bytes)