On March 29, 40 high school students from Edmonton and area graduated from the EPS Youth Recruit Academy.
Now in its third year, the academy had students participating in three days of scenarios, fitness testing, obstacle courses and demonstrations from various policing units including Robbery, Traffic, K-9, Air One, Public Safety Unit and Forensics.
“This has been a real eye opener for all the things you need to be able to do,” says participant Lauren Bartusek.
The program has become increasingly competitive to enter, as students from Edmonton and surrounding communities apply for the 40 available spots.
“This is a great opportunity for them to see policing is fun, police officers are people, policing is something you could see yourself doing,” says Cst. Brian McCune, School Resource Officer with Holy Trinity Catholic High School.