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  Celebrating 10 Years of Youth in Policing

May 13, 2016 23:16 ET

It's been 10 years since the first Youth in Policing students joined the ranks of DRPS, and the milestone was marked Friday during a celebration at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility in Ajax. Over 300 people attended the event, including past YIP alumni and current members, to celebrate the program's huge success over the past decade.

Since the first class of five YIPs graduated from DRPS in 2006, the program has seen more than 700 youth experience this often life changing initiative.

The 10-year celebration featured past and present members who shared their personal stories and thanked everyone involved for making this program possible for young people.

The group heard from several people throughout the evening including DRPS Chief Paul Martin and CAO Stan MacLellan. Chief Martin spoke about YIP being a premier program in Ontario that is youth driven. "So many young people who participated in Youth in Policing at DRPS had the opportunity to return as team leaders and supervisors," he said. "The success comes from youth helping youth grow and develop leadership skills." He acknowledged the hard work of outgoing Team Leader Alex Marsico, incoming Team Leader Jessica-Lee Bender, and all the others that have gone before them to make the program a success.

Regional Chair and Chair of the Police Services Board Roger Anderson announced the new YIP Leadership Bursary available to high school students on behalf of the DRPS Police Services Board. Minister of Children and Youth Services and Pickering Scarborough East MPP Tracy MacCharles attended along with several dignitaries and members of DRPS.

After the formal speeches, the alumni enjoyed a spoken word presentation by artist Dwayne Morgan and spent the rest of the evening dancing and spending time with old friends. Thanks to everyone's hard work in making this 10-year celebration a huge success including DRPS YIP co-ordinator Cst. Leea Wood.

The YIP initiative was established in 2006 in partnership with the Ministry of Child and Youth Services. It is an eight-week, paid summer employment opportunity for youth ages 15 to 18 years old, residing in Durham Region. During the eight weeks, YIP students interact with members of DRPS, learn about policing and have the opportunity to serve their community.

Year after year, DRPS sees great ambassadors for the community emerge from the program. We look forward to seeing all the new YIP members this coming summer!

Below are attached files.
YIP Cheer (JPG file, 151.9K bytes)
2008-09 Team Leader Marshal says YIP changed his life (JPG file, 207.2K bytes)
Chief Martin brings greetings to YIP alumni (JPG file, 518.8K bytes)
The crowd checks out a video made to celebrate 10 years of YIP at DRPS (JPG file, 302.5K bytes)
A/Sgt. Keith Richards with two YIP alumni (JPG file, 235.9K bytes)