A total of 35 Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute and neighbouring Francis Libermann Catholic High School students visited the Toronto Police College for the first time on Friday, March 21.
As the School Resource Officer at both schools, I wanted to expose students, who are considering policing as a career or are just curious about the profession, to police training
The group comprised students from Grade Nine to 12.
Superintendent Peter Lennox, the Toronto Police College nit commander, welcomed the young people to the state-of-the-art facility while Staff Sergeant Chris Blackman, of the Employment Unit, conducted a question-and-answer session.
The students were very engaged and they asked a lot of questions.
Constable Felix Tam, of the recruiting unit, talked to the students about expectations of the testing system for new police recruits and the youths – with the help of other officers and the rover team – got the opportunity to do the PREP test in the gym.
“I loved every minute of it,” said Ignatius Ma, who attends Albert Campbell Collegiate. “I am so glad I got to do the PREP test. I now know what to expect and it makes me want to go into policing even more.”
Later, the students toured the facility and learned some defensive tactics before Staff Sergeant Dave Rydzik, of 42 Division, spoke to the kids and encouraged them to pursue their dream.
“It was a great experience for students who want to become part of the police service in the future,” said Albert Campbell student Jackie Luo. “We are so thankful to our School Resource Officer for giving us this opportunity to experience a little bit of what Toronto police officers go through for training.”
Caroline Crabtree, a teacher at Albert Campbell Collegiate, said the day was amazing and informative.
“It was the perfect balance of lecturing and hands-on information,” she said. “The students were so engaged and all their questions were answered. The tour of the police academy demonstrated to the students all of what the college has to offer, what they will learn and all the career possibilities available to them within the Police Service. I wish they had more opportunities to investigate career possibilities as the one they were offered.”
Francis Libermann teacher Stephanie DeProphetis agreed.
“We truly had a great time,” she said. “I am so grateful that we had a chance to see the police college inside out. Cheryl and her colleagues also made it so authentic it was just a wonderful experience.”
Thanks to teachers, Ms. Crabtree from Albert Campbell and Ms. DeProphetis from Francis Liebermann. Special thanks to Constable Alison Avery Burns from 42 division for her assistance. To the students who came on the tour, I am very proud of you guys! All the best in your endeavours. You Rock!