Another group of outstanding young people were recently recognized for their accomplishments in the Youth in Policing After School Program. A graduation was held at Eastdale Collegiate where dignitaries including Chief Paul Martin, Deputy Chief Chris Fernandes, Director of Human Resources Lesley Ford and the Manager of Talent Acquisition Danielle Kent-Johnston were present to congratulate the students. Also in attendance was Parliamentary Secretary Granville Anderson, the Program Supervisor for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Daren McDougal, the Mayor of Oshawa John Henry and number of DRPS members, family and friends.
A number of students and officers were awarded for their excellence in the program. Mariela Morales and Devin Bradley were honoured with the Diversity Award by Team Leader Chauntae De Gannes for demonstrating efforts in creating a more inclusive and equitable environment both within the YIP program and the surrounding community. Alyssa Da Silva and John Osbourne were given the YIP award by Team Leader Adam McMaster for demonstrating growth and leadership during the program and embodying the values of the YIP initiative. Madison Rankin and Liam Price were recognized with the Future Aces Award presented by Bernice Carnegie and chosen by their peers, for demonstrates the values of Future Aces.
Constables Jeremy Gabriel and T.J. McBride were awarded with Officer Recognition for going above and beyond in supporting the YIP after school program. They offered ongoing guidance and insight and helped to bridge the gap between youth and the DRPS.
Youth in Policing is an opportunity for students who are ages 15 to 18 to progress their leadership skills and to develop an understanding of the role youth and police have in the community. Throughout the program, students are able to visit with a number of units with DRPS including Communications, Fraud, Homicide, Surveillance, Tactical, Canine and Robbery. In addition to their policing experience, students gain valuable experience within the community by not only participating in but also creating numerous initiatives. For example, the YIP students were involved with the Coldest Night of the Year Walk in support of the Refuge Youth Shelter in Oshawa raising approximately $8,000.
As the YIP After School Program wraps up, graduates are encouraged to act as ambassadors to their communities and to consider a future career in policing. Many return to the program as Team Leaders and possibly as a Program Coordinator.
DRPS is now searching for their newest members of the YIP Summer Program. If you know someone who may be interested or would benefit from this experience, you are encouraged to visit the Recruitment page on drps.ca and follow YIP at DRPS_YIP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.
YIP Afer School Program Graduation (JPG file, 353.6K bytes)