Having a healthy relationship with our youth community is very important to us, which is why we strive to create programs and committees to help strengthen this relationship.

In 2017, our Youth Education Officers delivered presentations to almost 175,000 students on topics such as Bullying Awareness and Street Proofing. Over 15,000 of these students attended our 459 educational sessions at the Peel Children's Safety Village

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Listed below are various Peel Regional Police programs and initiatives for young people:

Youth Advisory Committee

The Youth Advisory Committee was formed in 2016. An initial meeting for this committee was hosted by the Equity and Inclusion Bureau in December 2016. The mission of this committee is to support and ensure community safety through proactive engagement between our organization and the young people of our community.

School Resource Officer (SRO)

The primary responsibility of the School Resource Officer (SRO) is to create a safe learning environment at our Secondary Schools. Officers use a proactive style of policing and interact with students in a non-enforcement manner on a regular basis. With a School Resource Officer dedicated for every secondary school, we continue to build positive relationships with the younger demographic.

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Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI)

Since 2009, Peel Regional Police has worked in partnership with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to provide a unique eight week summer employment opportunity for young people within the Region of Peel. This employment initiative focuses on diverse youth between the ages of 15 and 18 years, who reside in our priority identified neighbourhoods within the Region of Peel.

Peel Regional Police offers twenty students an employment opportunity to work alongside officers and civilian employees of our Service. This initiative gives young people an opportunity to develop job skills while fostering positive partnerships with the Peel Regional Police.

Mandate of the Youth in Policing Initiative 
The mandate of the Youth in Policing Initiative is:
  • To promote youth participation in and exposure to the work environment through diverse, educational and productive work assignments;
  • To enhance the link between the police and the neighbourhoods we serve by selecting young people reflecting our culturally diverse cities;
  • To provide a safe and positive employment opportunity; and,
  • To promote the Peel Regional Police as an employer of choice. 
Eligibility for the Program 
In order to be eligible for the program, young people:
  • Must be a student between the ages of 15 and 18 years;
  • Must be available from July 2, 2019 – August 22, 2019;
  • Must not have any criminal charges pending before the court;
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada;
  • Must be attending school; and,
  • Must not have previously participated in any YIPI program.
Applications

Applications are sent out the last week in January, through the local school boards, who then disseminate them amongst their schools. Any interested student can speak to their guidance counsellor, or their School Resource Officer, about the application. The applications are due back the week before March Break.

Positive Ticketing for Youth: Operation Freeze/Heat

Operation Freeze and Operation Heat is a partnership between Peel Regional Police and Circle K Convenience Stores that encourages youth to learn that doing the right thing is 'cool'.

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