RCMP Youth Academy returns to Vernon Army Camp

Vernon high school students will soon have hands-on experience exploring their career interests in law enforcement.

The RCMP Jean Minguy Memorial Youth Academy – a collaboration between the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and the Vernon School District – begins Sunday, May 8 and runs until graduation May 14.

The program provides an immersive work experience in a simulated police academy format for students ages 16-18.

The 27 candidates selected this year will spend a week training, learning and living together at Vernon Army Camp. There they will participate in police simulations, practice daily physical training, learn foot drills, and receive basic instruction in police tactics, use of force, the law, community policing principles, and academics. related.

Guest presenters will introduce students more closely to some of the RCMP’s specialized units, such as Police Dog Services, Underwater Recovery Team, Native Policing Services, Emergency Response Team, forensic identification and others.

Partner organizations such as BC Prosecution Service, Vernon Fire Rescue Services and BC Emergency Health Services will also be on site.

“This year we are fortunate to host a special presentation by Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, spokesperson for the BC Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit,” said Const. Chris Terleski.

“Sgt. Winpenny will provide an overview of UMECO-BC, including its mandate as the provincial anti-gang agency, the various units that make up UMECO-BC, the history of the gang landscape in British Columbia and an in-depth review of their education, awareness and prevention initiative, Ending Gang Life.

The Academy is named after the late Const. Joseph Martial Maurice Jean Minguy, died in service in Vernon on June 3, 2005.

Brendan Shykora