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Surrey students who completed the 2018 RCMP Youth Academy were recognized at a graduation ceremony April 5.
Thirteen Surrey students have successfully completed this year's RCMP Youth Academy.
The students were recognized for their success at a graduation ceremony on Thursday, April 5.
The RCMP Lower Mainland Youth Academy is an established and formalized partnership between Coquitlam, Burnaby, North Vancouver, Surrey and Richmond RCMP detachments and their respective school districts, including Surrey Schools.
This year, the academy was held March 28 to April 5 at Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre, south of Cultus Lake in the Columbia Valley at Lindell Beach. The eight-day program welcomed 50 Grade 11 and 12 students who aspire to a career in policing.
Candidates undergo a stringent selection process conducted by schools, districts and detachments, and the academy gives candidates an opportunity to experience police training and partake in police work simulations. At the end of the experience, students have a better sense of whether they want to continue to focus on policing as a career.
The academy attempts to provide a brief representation of some common policing scenarios. Participants observe and role-play several scenarios, including mock demonstrations of domestic violence, break and enters, traffic violations, arrests, searches, and even a mock court. Each troop of 10 is exposed to one night of scenarios, which go into the late hours.
Many successful candidates have made the decision pursue a career in policing. The RCMP prefers candidates build up some life experience prior to engagement. The average age of an RCMP recruit is 28.
A 2001 study of candidates who attended the youth academy in the mid 1990's showed 80 percent of the Youth Academy attendees pursued a career in law enforcement or in related occupations, such as becoming a lawyer or a probation worker.
Applications for the RCMP Youth Academy are accepted in November of each school year. Information and applications are available through school career centres.