Want to see what law enforcement is really like? Every student between the age of 14 and 18 is invited to apply for Spurs, a new program run by the Ridge Meadows RCMP.
An open house to learn about this program takes place on April 11 at 7 p.m. in District of Maple Ridge council chamber.
Ridge Meadows RCMP Const. Tammy Herman was asked to coordinate the 30-week program.
What we are going to teach them is respect, self-esteem, discipline, and a birds eye view of law enforcement, Herman said, adding that some of the areas the group might cover include regular training, border patrol, dog section, customs, and much more.
In the program cadets will look at things like bullying, sexting, drinking and driving, and sexual assault.
Spurs is similar to the RCMP Youth Academy, which is an intensive week-long program during spring break.
However, Spurs runs every Thursday night from September to May. During this time the cadets will give 100 hours of community service.
We want kids to learn about giving back to the community, and at the same time getting to know the career they may enter later, Herman explained.
On Sept. 5, the cadets will volunteer for the RCMP Musical Ride.
In November they will put their drill training to task and march with the Mounties in the Remembrance Day parade.
This is the first time a program like this is offered at no charge. However, the cadets will sell books on July 1 with funds going to the program.
By April 15 all of the applications must be in, and then interviews will be set up. Twenty-four cadets will be invited to join Spurs.
Herman said the cadets have to have a clear criminal record.
We need to embrace them when theyre young enough to recognize the consequences of their decisions and steer them in the right direction, she added.
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