The Aboriginal Pre-Cadet Training Program (APTP) offers Canadian Aboriginal peoples aged 19 – 29 the opportunity to experience daily police work with the RCMP. This summer program provides candidates with hands-on experience at the RCMP Academy (Depot) and a unique opportunity to work alongside police officers in RCMP detachments near their home communities.
Linda Kropp, originally from Toqualt Nation in Ucuelet, British Columbia, found the Aboriginal Pre-Cadet Program opened her eyes on policing and hopes the program continues to be offered.
"There seems to be a lot of Aboriginal people who want to be police and this seems to be a good opportunity for them to get started."
"The APTP program has helped me a lot, I get to see how the RCMP do things and what it is all about."
Linda Kropp, Troop 2011
Alex Ross of Métis descent joined the program from Airdrie, Alberta.
"I cannot see myself doing anything else. This is what I want and I will not stop until I am a Regular Member."
Alex Ross, Troop 2011
APTP candidates attend a three week training session at the RCMP Academy (Depot) in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The training includes collaborative problem-solving skills, law enforcement techniques, public speaking and cultural diversity. Elements of physical fitness and drill are incorporated into the training, which promote team work and provide candidates with long-term strategies to meet their personal fitness goals.
After successful completion of the APTP course, candidates are posted to an RCMP detachment in or near their home community where they will work with police officers for 8 weeks. Activities and duties vary depending on the need of the detachment but they will include crime prevention and community policing initiatives.
For more information on this program and how you can apply, contact your local recruiting office.