DRP's Youth in Policing (YIP) students spent the day with the Marine Unit at the Port Whitby Marina on Lake Ontario learning from the experts about the DRP's vessels and safety.
Patrolling approximately 1,400 square kilometres of water between Lake Ontario, Lake Scugog and Lake Simcoe, the Marine Unit uses two vessels - a 38-foot Hike, weighing approximately eight tons and a 26-foot Zodiac, an inflatable vessel with a rigid hull.
The students were given a thorough tour of each boat with special focus on learning about the equipment that's used, such as communication radios, search and rescue thermal instruments and manual navigation tools. As well, each learned about water safety, weather patterns and how it can affect boaters. Despite the warm summer's day, the officers discussed winter ice rescue and various certifications required for the unit.
The Marine Unit is reminding all boaters to ensure the appropriate navigation system, safety equipment, flotation devices, ropes, bail cans and flashlights are on board and in good working condition. Boaters should refrain from drinking and boating as operating a vessel while impaired carries the same weight as operating a vehicle while impaired, with penalties including fines, a loss of license and jail time.
The Durham Regional Police YIP program is a leadership program for youth ages 14 to 18 and provides the opportunity of a lifetime to build confidence and leadership skills. The program gives youth the chance to make a difference in the community by participating in fundraising initiatives and other events. Throughout the summer program the students get an understanding of Durham Region's diversity by learning about different cultures, trying new things and pushing themselves both physically and mentally. After a fun-filled educational summer the students will graduate from the YIP program at the end of August.
YIP With Marine Unit (JPG file, 502.0K bytes)