Sixty-nine students from the DRP Youth in Policing (YIP) program celebrated their accomplishments during a graduation ceremony in Whitby over the weekend. The event was held at Sinclair Secondary school and was attended by Chief Paul Martin, Deputy Chief Chris Fernandes, several members of DRPS, and the friends and family of the students.
The evenings events included speeches from DRPS members, YIP valedictorians, the presentation of graduation certificates, and acknowledgements from the students regarding what the program meant to them. Liam Lalande was presented with the Diversity Award, Adam McMaster received the YIP Award and Nikki Espineli was honoured with the Chief Martin Award for Outstanding Leadership.
The students, who range in age from 15 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, Communications, Homicide, Surveillance and the Tactical unit. They also have the opportunity to interact with the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club of Durham, TD Canada Trust and the Future Aces Positive Ticket Program.
During their time with DRPS the 69 Students, four team leaders, two supervisors and one program coordinator participated in several initiatives. They included the Whitby Santa Claus Parade and the 3rd Annual Youth In Policing Special Olympics Basketball Tournament. The team also participated in the 2015 Coldest Night of The Year Walk, raising over $9000 in support of The Refuge Youth Shelter in Oshawa (They were the number one fundraising team in Oshawa and Top 15 in all of Ontario!).
The YIP 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!
Yip Graduation (JPG file, 161.4K bytes)
YIP Group Shot (JPG file, 160.9K bytes)
Nikki Espineli Receives Chief Martin Award For Outstanding Leadership (JPG file, 118.0K bytes)