It was graduation day on June 8 for the 62 students of the Durham Regional Police’s Youth in Policing (YIP) program. The ceremony, held at The Embassy Church in Oshawa, was attended by Chief Mike Ewles, Human Resources Director Lesley Ford, plus other DRPS members as well as friends and family of the students.
The evening’s events included speeches from Chief Ewles and YIP valedictorians, the presentation of graduation certificates, and acknowledgements of what the program meant to them from the students.
Three awards were also given out during the ceremony. The Leadership award went to Lindsay Down, while Gugulethu Sibanda was named the DRPS Diversity Advisory Committee’s Diversity Champion, and Casino Rojas received the YIP award.
The students, who range in age from 14 to 18, spend time with DRPS developing their leadership skills while learning about the crucial role both youth and police play in the community. Students are given an opportunity to visit a number of police units including Canine, Robbery, Fraud, Homicide, Surveillance and the Tactical unit.
The program strives to strengthen the relations between police and young people by offering a chance for youth to see what policing is all about, while developing the leadership skills necessary to mentor others regarding their experiences. After graduating, students are encouraged to act as ambassadors to their communities, and to even consider a future career in policing.
Congratulations to all of our graduates!
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Leadership Award winner Lindsay Down (JPG file, 204.5K bytes)
Diversity Champion winner Gugulethu Sibanda (JPG file, 186.4K bytes)
YIP Graduates (JPG file, 216.1K bytes)