From November 6-10th, two lucky Ontario students had the unique opportunity of participating in a National Youth Engagement Program that took place at RCMP's Depot, Training Academy.
Sylvia de León and Alec Deschamps were amongst a group of 32 (grade 11 and 12) students who were selected from across the country to shadow the cadet training program in Regina, Saskatchewan.
There, they experienced a week of police training classes including drill, driving simulations, firearms training, tours of Depot and the RCMP Heritage Centre all of which gave them a hands-on view of the career possibilities within the RCMP.
"As an aspiring RCMP police officer with an interest in the forensic field, I hope to one day be a strong female role-model for someone", Sylvia commented.
The GTA student went on to say, "Spending the week at training academy definitely broadened my understanding of the role that police play in keeping Canadians safe and gave me more insight into some of the challenges that police face on our streets every day."
Alec, who lists 'certified tennis Instructor' as one of his hobbies, remarked, "Since I can remember, I always wanted to become a police officer."
It was his proactive interest in policing that helped to solidify his being selected for the youth engagement program. He had previously contacted an RCMP officer to gain information and insight into the criteria and selection process to become a Mountie.
"AMAZING is the only word I can think of when I reflect on the week" Alec commented. "The skills and knowledge that I gained at training academy bolstered my desire to become an RCMP police officer; I can't wait to receive my diploma so I can apply!"