They were joined by numerous family, friends, EPS members, and distinguished guests such as Mayor Don Iveson, who came to congratulate them on their many successes.
Acting Deputy Chief David Veitch encouraged the cadets, “Completing this program is a stepping stone toward reaching your career and life goals. Whether you continue with a career in law enforcement, or move on to something completely different – the things you’ve learned here, the people you’ve met, and the experiences you’ve had, will remain with you for the rest of your life.”
While the focus of the celebration was recognizing the individual cadets and their efforts, the EPS Cadet Corps program also celebrated its 60th anniversary.
EPS Cadets and alumni gathered for a homecoming celebration in 2009
Since 1959, the Cadet Corps has provided opportunities for teens to develop skills that would prepare them for careers in policing and to succeed in other professions as well.
Cadets learn about policing and crime prevention, participate in educational and recreational activities, and volunteer at police and community events. They also learn teamwork and leadership skills, gain confidence to overcome challenges, and build positive relationships that last a lifetime.
Over 80 EPS officers started out in the Cadet Corps, including former Police Chief Jim Cessford, Deputy Chief Bob Claney, Deputy Chief Al Buerger, Superintendent Gary Jones, and many others who have had long and rewarding EPS careers.
Constable Jillene Craig, found her inspiration to join the EPS while in the Cadet Corps, and recently graduated from Recruit Training Class (RTC 145). She also credits one of the program’s mentors for helping her follow through.
Former Youth Cadet Craig becomes Constable Craig at the recent graduation of RTC 145
“I was just graduating high school and exploring career options, and hadn’t wanted to be a police officer until joining the Cadet program,” said Constable Craig. “Cadet Coordinator Leeanne Harvey was there every step of my growth through my years in the cadets, and was pivotal in getting me where I am today. The Cadets gave me an opportunity to push through challenges, and gave me the courage and support to follow through on my dreams of becoming a member.”
The Cadet Corps continues to have a tremendous impact on youth, the police service, and the community, due in large part to the selfless dedication and ongoing support of EPS members.
Congratulations to the most recent Cadet graduates, and special thanks to all the EPS members who continue to mentor and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.
Working together, serving the community, having fun!
Get Your Teen Involved in the Cadet Corps
The EPS Cadet Corps program is open to youth ages 16 to 18 who have an interest in law enforcement and want to make a difference in their community. Click on www.edmontonpolice.ca/policecadets to learn more or to apply.