Pacific Region Training Centre hosts Grade 11 and 12 students for "RCMP Training Day"

B.C., Pacific Region Training Centre

2019-11-28 09:23 PST

This experience gave me the opportunity to work with real police officers to get a real feel for the job. I must say I loved every bit of it and have started working towards this career, said one of the participants of the Pacific Region Training Centre (PRTC) "RCMP Training Day".

On November 12, 2019, PRTC hosted local grade 11 and 12 students for the day. The RCMP partnered with Chilliwack School District #33’s Work Experience Program, to create an experience that was designed for students to gain insight into policing as a potential career option.

The one day training enabled students to gain credit towards their career exploration activity requirements. Interested students were required to complete an application for this unique opportunity and twelve students were selected.

Photo of two youth investigating a mock crime scene.

The students interacted with PRTC employees from various units, including Operational Communications Centre, Operational Skills Training, Firearms Training, Investigative Training, and the Police Dog Service.

Photo of two youth with a 9-1-1 operator.

Students were exposed to a number of police tactics/techniques, defensive tools, radio communications, and units with the RCMP. There was also a "shots fired" scenario where they experienced everything from the initial call, to managing the crime scene, conducting a high risk traffic stop, and observing a short Police Dog Service track.

Photo of youth practicing a mock high risk traffic stop.

To assist the students in planning for their futures they were also informed about the RCMP recruiting requirements and process, which included valuable advice from the instructors on how to successfully pursue a career in law enforcement.

This unique experience was designed so these impressionable students could have a firsthand look at policing. There were a lot of opportunities throughout the day for the students to interact at a personal level with the various instructors and ask questions, said Staff Sergeant Mike Bloxham, NCO i/c Investigative Training. We hope this experience provided the youth insight into how the RCMP operates, the opportunities available to them, and hope they view this as a career worth pursuing.

The student Training Day was such a success that plans are already underway to offer another training day this Spring and it is anticipated that it will be offered twice a year every school year as part of Chilliwack School District #33’s Work Experience Program

Released by:

Sergeant Krista Vrolyk
NCO i/c Investigator Development Program
Pacific Region Training Centre
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Tel.: 604-703-7512

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