Twenty Grade 11 and 12 students from various high schools in Abbotsford are spending their spring break all this week learning what it’s like to be a police officer.
They were selected from more than 40 applicants to participate in the program, which teaches basic law, police control tactics/self-defence, and even a day at the firearm range.
The week-long program ends with the students applying what they have learned during a scenario-based training day where they will be challenged as “police officers” to resolve problems.
All participants will also do a ride-along with a police officer during a real shift out on the road.
“This is a week we always really look forward to,” said Const. Robyn Lamarche, youth squad officer and JPA coordinator. “It provides students a glimpse of what it’s like to be a police officer by testing their abilities as if they were one.”