Nine Burnaby high school students have been selected by the RCMP to attend a youth training camp.
The students will join 50 others from around the Lower Mainland for the RCMP Lower Mainland Youth Academy, a training camp that gives students interested in a career in law enforcement a chance to see what it’s like to really train as a police officer.
“The students will be put through different drills and police scenarios,” said Cpl. Rick Skolrood of the Burnaby RCMP detachment. “The same kind of training that they do at the training academy in Regina.”
Skolrood said they would not be releasing the names of the students, however.
“This is a great opportunity for these young people,” said Const. Jessica Andrews, this year’s Academy Training Coordinator, in a news release. “More than 80 per cent of the participants will go on to a career in law enforcement and 100 per cent go on to a post secondary education.”
Burnaby RCMP officer attended training camp
Const. Angela Foggetti of the Burnaby detachment attended the youth training camp back in 1998 and said it helped her decide she wanted to join the force.
“It was definitely the go-ahead to what exactly I wanted to be doing,” she said. Foggetti said the camp is a comprehensive and interactive introduction to life as a police officer.
“These kids are going to be exposed to what the training is about and whether they want to continue on this track.” Foggetti said she’s been involved in helping to run the camp for the last four years.
The training camp will be held this year at Stillwood Camp near Cultus Lake and takes place over eight days from April 3 to 11. The camp is designed to allow students to experience what recruits endure at Depot Division, the national RCMP training academy in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The 50 students include about an equal number from each of Metro Vancouver’s RCMP detachments in Burnaby, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Surrey and Richmond.
Burnaby expected to extend RCMP contract for another 20 years
Burnaby still has to ratify a new contract that the province negotiated with the RCMP this year. The current agreement expires on March 31. The new contract would keep the RCMP in the city for another 20 years, and afford the municipality some more decision-making powers.
The city has until the end of April to decide whether to opt-in to the new agreement. If Burnaby decides to opt-out, it would have to establish its own municipal police force.
RCMP have been in Burnaby since 1950, when the BC Provincial Police were amalgamated.