CURIOUS about what it’s like to be a police officer? Going into grades 10, 11, 12? Apply to the Surrey RCMP Youth Police Academy and learn how the largest RCMP detachment in Canada operates.
The Surrey RCMP is now accepting applications for its first Youth Police Academy, which will be running from September 16 to November 4.
The Youth Police Academy is an eight-week course designed to give Surrey youth an inside look into policing in Surrey. This interactive and fun learning series aims to foster a better understanding between youth and the RCMP and explore what the community can do together to enhance public safety.
The academy will feature presentations and demonstrations by police officers and staff on a variety of topics including:
* Day in the life of a patrol officer
* Drugs and major crime
* Mental health and addictions
* Police Dog Services
* Crime prevention
* Traffic investigations
* Basic law and the court system
“The Surrey RCMP Youth Police Academy is another way that we are striving to build positive relationships between our officers and young people in the community,” says Inspector Ghalib Bhayani, Community Services Officer. “By engaging with youth and empowering them to make good decisions, this will have significant impacts, not only on crime prevention, but on the long term health of our communities.”
Applicants to the Youth Police Academy must meet the following criteria:
* Completed application form (available at www.surrey.rcmp.ca under “Youth Programs”)
* Surrey student in grade 10, 11, or 12 as of September 16, 2015
* Complete and pass a criminal record check (no record or pending charges)
* Be eager to learn, engage and participate in the course
* Be available to attend all eight sessions (Wednesday evenings from September 16-November 4)
Application deadline is June 30.
(The Surrey RCMP will also be holding its Citizen Police Academy for adults from September 16-November 4. Applications for the Citizen Police Academy will be available on June 29.)