This past week youth from across the region have been participating in the 2012 Police Camp.
This years Police Camp has been ongoing this week at Albert head. Forty nine teens from 15-18 years of age are participating. They come from across the region and as far away as the Gulf Islands and Mill Bay.
To attend, teens have to be sponsored by their local department. This year students have been sponsored by the Saanich Police, Victoria Police, the RCMP, Central Saanich Police and the Oak Bay Police.
The students receive training in legal studies, powers of arrest, typical criminal offences, domestic violence investigations and other subjects. They then participate in scenario based training with practical sessions involving the instruction they have received.
The camp is a large undertaking, staffed by 20 full time instructors and over 100 other volunteers.
Although it is a challenging endeavour with up to 17 hour days, it is largely regarded as the experience of a lifetime for the teens. Over the years, we have seen graduates go on to careers in policing.
The class will graduate this Saturday after 10 days of hard work. They will perform a parade in front of chiefs, dignitaries and their families.
If this is something you are interested in for 2013 and you are in grades 10-12, speak to your school liaison officer.
Police camp students practicing their drill for the grad parade.