Thursday, March 13, 2014
Drills and Thrills
Students take on role of police officers at Camp Stillwood for week-long course
Released by RCMP Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen UFVRD
ext week the pristine and quiet surroundings of the Stillwood Camp and Conference Center will be shattered by the barking of orders, the wail of police sirens, and the thumping of marching boots.
From March 13 to March 21 fifty high school youth will be experiencing the opportunity of a life time, learning the art and science of policing, at the annual Fraser Valley Youth Academy. This program is jointly operated by the RCMP Detachments of; Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment, Mission, Ridge Meadows, Squamish, the Sunshine Coast and their respective school districts.
The Academy is first and foremost a work experience program where high school students experience the life of a law enforcement officer. Students do receive credit towards their high school graduation through this experience and this is justly deserved. The students will be up every morning at 5:30 a.m. for physical fitness training at 6:00 a.m.
After a refreshing one hour work out the students will have a quick breakfast and then partake in classes from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
The students will study law and arrest procedures, specialized investigative sections of the RCMP; such as Clandestine Drug Laboratory investigations, Forensic Identification, Homicide investigations, Polygraph, and National Security investigations. The students will also investigate assault, property crime, and impaired driving scenarios.
After a day in the classroom the students will be able to unwind with a stimulating one and a half hour foot drill class. Here they will learn to work as a team as they coordinate multiple drill formations for their graduation inspection. The studentís day will finish at 8:30 p.m.. They will then prepare their dorms for morning inspection before lights out at 10:00 p.m.
This eight day experience will culminate into their graduation ceremony on Friday, March 21st, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Friends, family and the public are welcome to come.
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