Inaugural Youth Police Academy introduces high school students to a career in policing

Policing is a career like no other and a group of local high school students are about to find out why.

Members of the Community Resource Unit, in partnership with local schools and the Calgary Police Service, are giving 15 students, who have expressed an interest in policing or are new to Canada, a unique opportunity to learn more about the law and what a career in policing is all about.

The Service’s first Youth Police Academy will take place over two days – today at police training facilities in Lethbridge and May 19th in Calgary.

The itinerary for today includes a classroom component where students will learn about powers of arrest, officer safety and use of force as well as demos from the Tactical Team, Explosive Disposal Unit and K9. In addition, they’ll get a chance to participate in scenarios using the LPS training simulator.

On May 19th the students, along with two LPS School Resource Officers, will head to Calgary and join members of the Calgary Police Service at Heritage Park where students will take part in a variety of mock incidents including neighbour disputes, a drug scenario, domestic conflict, a notification call, a noisy party and more. They’ll also learn about crime scenes, surveillance, traffic reconstruction and complete an obstacle course, under the guidance of experienced police officers.

Participants will  be taught the importance of verbal communication, using conflict resolution and arbitration skills as an alternative to force, which are key skills in policing.

LPS is committed to the development of programs and initiatives that help engage the city’s youth and intends to make the Police Academy an annual event.

Special thanks to the Calgary Police Service for their assistance with our inaugural academy.