The winter session of our 2013 Youth In Policing Initiative launched last week, as excited students and their parents listened intently to Chief Mike Ewles speak about the rewarding and challenging aspects of the program.
Chosen from hundreds of applicants, the students got the chance to hear from the program co-ordinators and team leaders outside of the interview room.
The student watched a slideshow filled with clips and photographs from past years which created such a stir that both parents and students were full of questions.
“While the program may peak some students’ interest in policing, that isn’t out main objective,” said Acting Sergeant Keith Richards. “Encouraging them to invest in community engagement is our #1 priority.”
The Youth In Policing students will be participating in various community events over the course of the eight-week program. They will learn about mental health issues, social media dangers, anti-bullying messages, and volunteer at various community agencies.
“Challenging the students and pushing them outside their comfort zone is something they will experience during their time with us,” said Chief Ewles. “But, in the process of doing so, we will see them grow and develop as leaders in their schools and communities."
For more information on the Youth In Policing Initiative, please email email@example.com.
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Chief Ewles welcomes the new Youth In Policing students and their parents (JPG file, 362.9K bytes)
A/Sgt. Richards and YIP Program Coordinator Hannah welcome new student Soleiman and his father (JPG file, 324.8K bytes)