Durham Regional Police Youth In Policing Program - Summer 2012
Local youth were challenged by the Durham Regional Police during the “Youth In Policing” program hosted at the Durham College Police Learning Centre this summer. The program, headed up by Constable Keith Richards and now into its sixth year, has been assisting in strengthening the ties between local youth and Durham Police. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to assist in the students’ maturity, self-esteem and physical health to produce future community leaders. This is done by allowing young adults a chance to relate to officers by experiencing some of the same police training and community duties performed by the Durham Regional Police force.
This summer, 68 students between the ages of 14 and 18 were hired and given this special police training. The students were taught social life skills like diversity training as well as policing skills like the proper use of force, first aid and CPR. The program has a very keen charitable focus on instilling a sense of pride in the students’ community. This year students participated in a garbage pick-up, a clothing drive and a challenge to fill backpacks with a year’s school supplies for underprivileged children.
For more information on this program please contact the Durham Regional Police at (905) 579-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-579-1520 or at http://www.drps.ca .