Sixty-five proud teens graduated from our Youth In Policing Initiative (YIPI) at a ceremony that celebrated their hard work, dedication and personal growth.
The youth participated in our summer employment program, designed to challenge them emotionally, physically and mentally. Our goal was to create ambassadors of change within our schools and community as they learned about the important role they play in our society.
Chief Constable Mike Ewles congratulated the students on their accomplishment and challenged them to “pay it forward” as they move into their future.
Three valedictorians spoke to the packed auditorium and shared what their experience has meant to them. All took the time to thank both Durham Regional Police and the Ministry of Child and Youth Services for making this program possible.
Throughout the summer, they experienced diversity and anger management training, mentored children during a week-long camp, fundraised to provide backpack to students in need, hosted a youth forum with over 500 attendees and learned all about the various aspects of policing.
Congratulations to all for another successful summer of amazing experiences and personal growth.
yip thumb (JPG file, 34.5K bytes)
Our graduates (JPG file, 449.5K bytes)
Chief Ewles congratulates Ruth, who received the Leadership Award (JPG file, 437.4K bytes)
A/Sgt. Richards and Chief Ewles with Shiv, who was honoured with the YIP Award (JPG file, 425.9K bytes)
The group poses with Daniel after he was presented with the Diversity Champion Award (JPG file, 417.0K bytes)
Posing for some pictures after the event (JPG file, 315.9K bytes)
Chief Ewles and Sgt. Iheme talk with friends and family after the event (JPG file, 385.3K bytes)