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Police academy – for teens

Teens participate in a 2009 RCMP Youth Academy in Chilliwack – with Const. Curtis Shull and dog Timo. - Black Press file photo
Teens participate in a 2009 RCMP Youth Academy in Chilliwack – with Const. Curtis Shull and dog Timo.
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Sixteen youth from the Surrey School District have returned from Chilliwack after a tough week of training in law enforcement.

The 17th annual RCMP Youth Academy took place April 3 to 11.

The Grade 11 and 12 students were put to the test as they got to experience a sample of what a career in law enforcement is all about.

They saw mock demonstrations of domestic violence, break-and-enters, traffic violations, arrests, searches and even court cases.

About 80 per cent of the students going through the program end up pursuing a career in law enforcement.

One example is current Surrey RCMP Const. Derek Bonner.

Bonner participated in the Youth Academy when he was in Grade 12 in 2004 and is now a troop mentor at this year’s Academy.

“I’ve been involved in this program ever since I graduated from Depot and came to Surrey in 2008,” said 24-year-old Bonner, now with the Surrey RCMP’s Youth Section. “The Academy is as close to real-time policing as these students are going to see.”

Surrey students at the academy this year included: Reanne Brown, Sarah Chila, Carolyn Cizmok, Finn Dawkins, Katerine Dirner, Cody Fenske, Anton Gorkounov, Jasdeep Heer, Charles Mackenzie, Dylan McDonald, Zach Miller, Anmoal Rai, Travis Singh and Corbin Vanderspek

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