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  Building Relationships with Cannington Youth

Nov 25, 2015 11:06 ET

High school students in Cannington got an inside look at police training standards in a fun and educational day organized by our DRAVIS team.

On Nov. 24, several members of the Durham Region Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (DRAVIS) team set up five activity stations in the main gym at Brock High School to give local youth a chance to test their fitness skills. They were put through several tests used by recruits trying to be police officers.

But it was much more than a workout - officers got to meet the teenagers and build rapport with them. This helps break down the barriers between young people and police and builds a better understanding and appreciation on both sides.

From the gruelling "beep" test that requires extensive running between fixed points, to pulling a heavy weight to simulate dragging a human body away from danger, the Brock High kids showed a lot of talent and perserverence. There were many conversations with the frontline police officers in attendance, as the teenagers asked them what being a cop was really like and the kinds of calls they deal with.

The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services supports DRAVIS, which is an intelligence-led intervention strategy to reduce violence and increase community safety. DRAVIS aims to improve the quality of life for community members by dealing with street level crimes and gang issues in Durham Region.

Below are attached files.
Pulling Weight Test (JPG file, 415.0K bytes)
Cst. Curcio Answers Questions at one of the Testing Stations (JPG file, 289.4K bytes)
Cst. Johnson helps participants at the abs station (JPG file, 434.3K bytes)
Tired But Happy! (JPG file, 548.8K bytes)