A chance to become Durham Police Chief for a day was enough to prompt hundreds of Grade 5 students from across the region to get out their pens and start writing.
The students were asked to write an essay on what it would be like to be a police officer and five finalists were selected by a panel to present to judges at Durham Region Police Headquarters in Oshawa on Thursday, October 23rd.
The finalists - Lanise Lywood of Dr. Roberta Bondar P.S. in Ajax, Taylor Russell of Kedron P.S. in Oshawa, Christopher Inglis of Leslie McFarlane P.S. in Whitby, Brandon Jones of Beaverton P.S. in Beaverton and Yara El-Helou of Bayview Heights P.S in Pickering – were picked up at their schools by police officers and driven to headquarters in a police cruiser.
The students then read their essays to a judging panel of community leaders who were impressed by the calibre of the content and the children’s public speaking abilities.
The overall winner will be announced early next week and will be a VIP guest at the Annual Durham Regional Police Appreciation Night on November 6, 2003 at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby. The winner will also spend a day at DRP on November 3rd, visiting units such as Canine and Tactical and riding in a police cruiser to give the student a real-life glimpse of what it’s like to be a police officer.
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Students visit the prison cells (JPG file, 18.8K bytes)
Finalists visit 911 Communications room (JPG file, 29.8K bytes)
Finalist Brandon speak to reporters (JPG file, 22.2K bytes)