In cooperation with the Durham District School Board (DDSB) and the Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB), DRPS is launching a new YouTube video series where students ask police officers whatever is on their minds.
Chances are, even if you didnt grow up in the 50s or 60s, youre probably familiar with Art Linkletters popular television feature, Kids Say the Darndest Things. And as every parent knows, when a child opens their mouth to talk, you never really know whats going to come out.
It is this spirit of curiosity, candor and brutal honesty thats behind Its Elementary. Imagine giving a 10-year-old free reign to ask any question they want to a police officer. What kind of impact could that have on a young, impressionable mind? How might that influence how they view police? Can video be used to inform, empower and build connections with youth? The answer: Well, hopefully It's Elementary.
Building on our strong partnerships with the two Durham Region school boards, DRPS opened the floor to students from two local schools and the response was overwhelming. The students of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School in Ajax and West Lynde Public School in Whitby provided dozen of questions and the top ten questions from each school were selected. Everything from Do you sleep at the station like firefighters do? to What is your most gratifying experience as a police officer?
Durham Regional Police is committed to strengthening our relationship with youth and help break down some of the stereotypes about police. The video series might inform you about whats on the minds of youth today, but if nothing else, it should give you a little smile.
Check out the first installment of It's Elementary on our YouTube channel here
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