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  DRP Kicks Off the 2012 Youth In Policing Initiative

Jul 04, 2012 12:05 ET

The 2012 Youth In Policing Initiative launched on Jun. 28 as excited students and their parents listened intently as Chief Mike Ewles spoke about the rewarding and challenging aspects of the program.

Chosen from over 400 applicants, the students got the chance to hear from the program co-ordinators and team leaders for the first time outside of the interview room.

“This is a great start to the program,” said Brock Wilson, one of the two program co-ordinators for the 2012 Initiative. “The students are enthusiastic about the challenges they will face over the coming months and the parents were eager to know more about the initiative.”

Constables Janine Henderson and Keith Richards, who oversee the program, welcomed the teens to a summer work experience they won’t forget. Students received their summer uniforms and watched a slideshow filled with clips and photographs from past years that created such a stir both parents and students were full of questions.

Students had the opportunity to mix and mingle with their new-found co-workers and their team leaders at the end of the evening.

“We look forward to the launch every year,” said Constable Keith Richards. “It is a great opportunity to meet our newest members and to engage the parents right at the beginning.”

The official start of the 2012 Initiative was Jul. 3. Youth In Policing students are participating in various community events over the course of the eight-week program including:

The Ripple Effect Youth Forum, a province-wide event that seeks to inspire youth by empowering them to enact positive change within their communities,

The Firth Nation Pow Wow where students will experience the culture and traditions of the Mississaugas of Scugog First Nation,

The Boston Pizza “Celebrity Server” Fundraiser where proceeds will go toward filling backpacks with school supplies for students in the Durham Region who can’t afford them, and of course

The Youth in Policing Graduation Ceremony which will celebrate the successes of the YIP students on August 23.

“It was rewarding to see each student left full of enthusiasm and with a newfound sense of confidence,” said Paige Coulouras, the initiative’s second program co-ordinator. “We are positive all of our youths will grow throughout the program and become ambassadors in the schools and communities."

For more information on the Youth In Policing Initiative, please email

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A few of the 2012 Team Leaders (JPG file, 202.6K bytes)