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O INSET Community Outreach Section

Junior Police Academy

The Junior Police Academy (JPA) is a day long program developed for students ages 8-11 that introduces them to different areas of police training. Through the JPA, kids are given the opportunity to participate in police-related activities under the supervision of police personnel.

The academy also allows the Community Outreach Section of 'O' Division Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) to partner with local emergency responders, including Fire & Rescue teams, paramedics and local police forces of jurisdiction. These partnerships let kids interact closely with emergency services, while showcasing cooperation between agencies along with their involvement within the community.

The Community Outreach Section delivers the JPA to schools and communities across the GTA in partnership with the Toronto Police Service, York Regional Police Service, Peel Regional Police Service and most recently the Windsor Police Service. The latest Academy was brought to the Nile Academy (Blue Haven Campus) in Toronto in June 2014. Some 45 students from grades 4 to 6 had the opportunity to spend the day with the Toronto Police Mounted Unit, Toronto Police Dog Services, RCMP Emergency Response Team and the Toronto Fire Department. The day-long activities with police and fire personnel successfully engaged the young minds participating, resulting in endless questions about the daily lives of men and women in uniform.

Providing an environment showing policing and emergency services as desirable career choices is one of the most positive aspects of the program. Countless students have told the organizers over the years that they have been inspired to become a police officer after being a participant in JPA.

Display of a pumper truck capabilities to the students.

Spectacular equipment is always a big hit with the students at the Junior Police Academy – one of the RCMP partners on this day, the Toronto Fire Department, displays the capabilities of a pumper truck.

The students get an up close look at the Horse Mounted Unit.

The Toronto Police Service is one of the predominant 'partner agencies' for RCMP Outreach events in the Greater Toronto Area. Here the students get an up close look at the Horse Mounted Unit.

Cst. Param Dhillon
Sgt. Derek McDonald
Community Outreach Section