St. Albert RCMP are offering a unique work experience opportunity to grade 11 and 12 students during spring break 2012.
School boards in and around St. Albert have partnered up with St. Albert RCMP to offer a week long Youth Academy that will parallel the format of the actual RCMP Training Academy in Regina. Greater St. Albert Catholic School Division, the St. Albert Protestant School Board, the Counseil Scolaire Centre Nord, and the Sturgeon School Division are all opening up the opportunity for students in their divisions to take part in the training.
Cpl Laurel Kading of the St. Albert RCMP says students will learn about a variety of topics, including laws, crime prevention techniques, police investigation techniques and police deportment and drill. The course will include interactive police officer scenarios and will give youth who may be considering a career with the RCMP a chance to get a feel for the work. Students enrolled in the training course will earn work experience education credits.
The candidates will live at the hosting school for the week in a supervised barracks environment. Boy and girl dorms will be separate. The students will live as a troop, which means wearing the academy uniform, eating together and being responsible for the cleanliness of their quarters.
The class will host a maximum of 32 students, both male and female. Kading says students will be selected from an application and interview process and interested students can get the application from their schools’ Work Experience Co-ordinator. All applicants are urged to get their application in as soon as possible as selection for the successful candidates will be in November, 2011.
The cost for the program is $350 which will include food, materials, uniforms and other course costs. In an effort to make the program more affordable to all interested students, the school divisions are also contributing to the cost of the academy. St. Albert Neighbourhood Watch has also donated some funds to help pay for the program.
This is the first year that the St. Albert Youth Academy has been offered and it is hoped by both the RCMP and the school division partners that the academy will become an annual work experience opportunity for students who are interested in a law enforcement career.
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