Coquitlam cop academy applications open

RCMP offers five half-day camp in August for kids to learn about policing

Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam kids can learn about policing at the Coquitlam RCMP’s Junior Mountie Police Academy this summer.

Applications for the five half-day academy are now being accepted for the academy which will from Aug. 12 to 16, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam).

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“There aren’t that many opportunities for kids to spend quality time with their local police, explore the ins-and-outs of policing, all the while learning important leadership skills.,” said Nicole Cairns, Coquitlam community police station coordinator in a press release.

The cadet program is for children between 9 and 12 years old, as of Aug. 1, 2019, and the corporal program is for those between 13 and 15 before Aug. 1 who have already completed the academy. Applicants to the corporal camp must include a 200-word handwritten essay explaining ‘why I would be a good leader’ with the application.

Applications are available at the Coquitlam RCMP detachment (2986 Guildford Way, next to Coquitlam city hall) or any community police station in Coquitlam or Port Coquitlam. The applications must be received in person or by email (coquitlam_jr_mountie@rcmp-grc.gc.ca) before May 17. Any questions can be emailed to the same address or in person at the main detachment.

Those selected will be notified by June 7. Those who don’t make it on the first try will have their names go on a waiting list. Alternates may be selected right up to the week of the academy. The release said students who have attended the academy before are welcome to apply, but warned a lot of the material will be the same.

On the final day, Aug. 16, there will be an emergency vehicle show ’n’ shine from 9 a.m. to noon and a graduation ceremony in the evening.

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