Today 34 cadets – from five different agencies – will take the first step to making their dream of a career in policing reality.
The 2019 cadet class is the largest in recent LPS history and the first in the province where police recruits and Community Peace officer recruits will train side-by-side to earn their uniforms.
The class consists of 23 Lethbridge cadets, three from the Blood Tribe Police Service, one from the Taber Police Service, four from the Canadian Pacific Police Service and three from the Manitoba First Nations Police Service.
“We are extremely proud to have members of the Blood Tribe Police Service and the Manitoba First Nations Police Service training alongside our members,” said Chief Rob Davis. “I have been quite candid that real truth and reconciliation begins to happen when we share, grow and learn together, side by side. It’s real – a lasting memory and impact for everyone that goes beyond any awareness training or a power point. This is an incredible opportunity for all of the agencies and their cadets.”
The cadets, who bring a range of experience and come from diverse backgrounds, will undergo 22 weeks of classroom modules and scenario-based training followed by several weeks with a Field Training Officer before they are ready to hit the street on their own.
The cadet training program is a partnership between LPS and the Lethbridge College School of Justice Studies.