Vancouver students in Grades 11 and 12 take part in this nine-day youth police academy every year at Spring Break. VPD School Liaison officers run the program and work with many other officers who volunteer their time.
Participants spend time in the classroom learning about legal studies, human relations, and investigation. Physical training includes the POPAT (Police Officer’s Physical Abilities Test), daily runs, team challenges, control tactics, and drill instruction. Students have presentations and demonstrations from our Canine Unit, and homicide, drug, and forensic investigators.
Students are taught firearm safety and handling, practicing with a variety of firearms, under supervision, at the new state of the art Force Options Tactical Training Centre.
The Student Challenge also includes a stay at Loon Lake Lodge in Maple Ridge. Participants experience an exhilarating and exhausting schedule, including reality-based training scenarios and team challenges.
On the last day of the program, students are presented with certificates recognizing their commitment and effort at a graduation ceremony.
The continued success of this unique program is largely dependent on the generous donations from the Vancouver Police Foundation. Past participants have been successful in pursuing careers in law enforcement, while others have gone onto volunteering in their communities.