Teen police training kicks off spring break
Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 01:45 pm
For most, Bellerose Comp will be closed for spring break. But for about two dozen student recruits, the high school will be their HQ for the next week.
Now in its third year, the St. Albert RCMP Youth Academy starts up Friday and runs until April 3. The weeklong camp recreates the RCMP training “depot” for curious Grade 11 and 12 students.
This is the first year the program has been extended to students in Morinville and Stony Plain.
Nearly half of the 22 recruits this year are from those two detachment areas, estimates Cpl. Laurel Kading with St. Albert RCMP.
“Every day youth are going to have a variety of different opportunities,” she said. Learning will take place in the classroom, but there will also be a physical component with daily drill classes and training on the RCMP obstacle course used in officer evaluations.
Students will be given the chance to make an arrest – learn about the process, how to search a person, handcuff them and any necessary police defence tactics, Kading explained.
In years past, recruits have toured the "K" Division headquarters and watched the RCMP helicopter land at the school.
This year more students from the Edmonton area will be able to experience what it means to be part of the RCMP, said Kading. Officer volunteers from Morinville and Stony Plain have also been enlisted to help chaperone and instruct.
The academy began recruiting in November. Candidates had to apply with a letter of recommendation, complete work experience prerequisites and, like successful RCMP cadets, pass an interview and fitness test.
Students earn five work experience credits attending the academy, which costs $500, $150 of which is covered by the school board and the remaining cost covered by the student.
A graduation ceremony for the student troops will be held on April 3.