RCMP, NPSS team up for youth academy

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP and North Peace Secondary School have partnered up to show students w…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP and North Peace Secondary School have partnered up to show students what a law enforcement career could look like.

Sixteen students from Grades 10 to 12 have been taking part in weekly gatherings with members of the local detachment, learning through seminars and mock exercises what it takes to be a police officer.

Detachment Commander Insp. Tony Hanson is very supportive of the community partnership and was happy to green light the project, adding similar initiatives have seen great success in other northern communities like Prince George.

Hanson added that Cst. Joshua Cullen came up with the idea, and has been spearheading it with the support of his fellow officers.

“Constable Cullen is very community minded, he also coaches sports at the high school. He spoke to me about the Prince George initiative, and I put in him in touch in the people who ran it,” said Hanson. “He took their information and we came up with a sort of hybridized academy.”

“We thought it was a great opportunity for our students. Several of our students have expressed interest in law enforcement careers or military,” said Nock.

Students were invited to take a tour of the local detachment, Nock added, noting Cullen also prepared an activity schedule for them.

“It’s ranging from learning about the RCMP and the entry requirements, to the history there, up to doing mock investigations,” he said.

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