Youth in Policing – Learning From Each Other

Posted On Friday September 06, 2019

While other students were enjoying their summer vacation, 25 teenagers from high schools across the Region of Peel were hired to work alongside Peel Regional Police officers and civilians in a program called the Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI).

During this eight-week program, Peel Regional Police members work together with youth and share meaningful experiences, develop a mentoring relationship and provide a safe and positive summer employment opportunity through diverse and productive work assignments are a few of the goals of the program.

The students got to interact with many different areas of the police service including, K9, Tactical, Forensics, Police Vehicle Operations, Marine and our Communications Bureau, where they experienced firsthand incoming calls for police service. They were able to give back to the community when they worked with a local food bank, removed graffiti from different areas within the community and donated money to charity from their annual charity carwash.

“I can assure you, you will remember this for the rest of your life because this will actually set you up for the rest of your life”, said Chief Chris McCord on their first day on the job.

Since 2009, Peel Regional Police, in partnership with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the Peel District School Board and Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board, have hired just under 200 high school students.

Waking up early, reporting for duty on time and putting in a full day of work may seem challenging when this should be summer vacation for these students. However, they all rose to the challenge, heading back to school having had amazing experiences that they can reflect on and talk about in future job interviews.

“The YIPI program changed my life.  It provided me with a sense of purpose and guidance when it was crucially needed.  My supervisor became a mentor in my life.  The YIPI program and the constables involved truly improved my confidence with their strong belief in my ability to achieve good despite my circumstances and my home environment”, said one of the YIPI students.

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