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Coquitlam RCMP's Junior Mountie Police Academy is returning this summer

Coquitlam RCMP last operated the free half-day camp in 2019.
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Participants in the Coquitlam RCMP's Junior Mountie Academy learn how to conduct a traffic stop. The program returns this summer after being put on hiatus in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coquitlam RCMP is resurrecting its Junior Mountie Police Academy program this summer.

The week-long half-day camp for kids aged 10-14 has been on hiatus since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. It last operated in 2019.

“We are very excited to bring this program back to the community,” said Cpl. Alexa Hodgins, spokesperson for the local detachment, in a news release.

“The Junior Mountie Police Academy is a great opportunity to build positive relationships between youth and law enforcement and provides an opportunity for youth to experience a bit of what police officers may do every day.”

This year’s camp runs July 15 to 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day, at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

Some of activities participants can expect include:

  • Drills and marching as instructed by an RCMP drill instructor
  • Physical training, including obstacle courses
  • Hand-on police sciences like finger printing and conducting a traffic stop
  • Demonstrations of police operations like the canine unit

The camp wraps up with a public show n’ shine event that showcases emergency responders and the equipment they use.

The camp is free and open to young residents of the Tri-Cities, including kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation, Anmore and Belcarra.

Applications for the camp will be accepted until April 19 and all applicants will be notified in early May whether or not they’ve been selected to participate.

For more information, as well as a link to the application form, you can email coquitlam_jr_mountie@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.