RCMP grads first youth academy

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February 23, 2016 10:57 AM

Lloydminster Mounties had their first ever youth academy and, by all acccounts, it was a success. The photos are from Friday's graduating class ceremonies.

The Lloydminster RCMP wrapped up their first youth academy last week, a program that gave local students the chance to see what it’s like to become a police officer.
Julian Herbert, a Grade 12 student at Lloydminster Comprehensive High School, has had his hopes set on wearing a badge since he was a kid and said the academy was tough, but fulfilling.
“If you’re not used to getting up early, it’s hard, it’s a lot of work, but you can tough through it and it’s good for you,” he said. 
Herbert explained how they were taught to march, work as a team and how the participants became brothers and sisters by the end of the week, learning how to function together as one.
It was well worth the effort for the RCMP to organize the academy, he said, and when he graduates high school he’s going to try to get into policing.
“I’ve always wanted to be a police officer since I was a little kid, just to help and protect everyone I love and other people as well,” he said.
Roughly 24 youths from various schools attended the academy, which had its graduation ceremony Friday.
Const. Grant Kirzinger said RCMP are excited about the week-long Youth Academy and plan to hold it again in the future.
He said participants were able to experience everything from basics of the law, checking out the police helicopter and explore the 150 career options in the field of policing.
“Youth is a national priority for the RCMP and something that we take very seriously in Lloydminster,” Kirzinger said.
“Being able to have this opportunity is something that we’re very excited about and something we will continue in the future.”
The idea for the academy came from one of Kirzinger’s colleagues, Travis Matlock, who had done something similar in a different detachment.
Together they were able to sit down and discuss the idea then made the whole thing a reality.
“We were able to get a lot of community support and buy in from the residents of Lloydminster as well as support from both school divisions and some of their employees,” said Kirzinger.
“We’re very fortunate to have a lot of support from different individuals.”

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