Native young people at ‘Depot’
The West Kelowna Indigenous Policing Section hosted 16 young people last month for a mini-depot experience called “Cop Camp,” focusing on shedding a positive light on RCMP for young native children.
The children were given matching tracksuits, placed in a college environment and were instructed in a wide range of aspects within the RCMP.
The four-day event introduced the youth to the importance of physical fitness, exercises and demonstrations shown from various parts of the RCMP, such as police dog services, forensic identification, emergency teams, traffic services and recruitment.
Art. Rolly Williams – who organized the event – says the goal was to arouse the children’s curiosity and show them a snapshot of the Depot experience, as well as to explore career opportunities as a police officer.
“These young people are our future. My job here is to get a few kids out of camp and get them interested in and excited to join the RCMP. With a career in the RCMP, they can go out and make a difference. in the world, ”Williams explained.
The experience came two years after it was postponed by the COVID pandemic.