The RCMP introduces young Indigenous people to the basics of federal policing

RCMP introduces young Aboriginal people to the basics of federal policing

The 28 participants aged 16 to 19 received their training certificate on Friday.

After about a week of intensive learning, 28 young indigenous people aged 16 to 19 from the four corners of Alberta received their diplomas on Friday from the Soaring Eagle camp, organized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

During the training, they were able to familiarize themselves with police training and the management of emergency situations with the aim of discovering what the job of federal police officer is.

On the side of the RCMP, as on the side of the participants in the training, everyone shows their satisfaction at the end of the course.

The Commandant of the RCMP of Alberta, Curtis Zablocki, thus welcomed that young people representing several indigenous communities were able to have the opportunity to acquire many new skills and to forge great bonds during [the training].

Sergeant Major Andrew Hobson, who was among the instructors, for his part highlighted the interest shown by the participants in the camp. They worked very, very hard. […] They were exposed to dog services [teams made up of a dog and its handler] and that is really something that is very important for investigations.

The camp, which lasted five days, was an opportunity for participants to not only have a better understanding of the daily life of an RCMP member, but also to explore more than 150 career possibilities.

Aden Keough, one of the participants, said he wants to pursue a career in federal policing when he turns 18. I would like to join the emergency response team. So that's kind of my goal, he said.

His mother, Patricia Cullinan, said she was proud to see her son follow in his footsteps, recalling in this regard that she herself is a graduate of the RCMP training academy.

Sergeant Major Andrew Hobson noted that this camp represents an opportunity for young indigenous people, as it gives them options for the future.

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The participants followed several training courses, including that of dog services, with teams, made up of a dog and its handler.

Last held in 2019, the camp is designed to simulate the same physical and intellectual training that regular members of the RCMP receive.

It also allows the federal police to strengthen its links with the indigenous communities and to have a better understanding of their cultural realities.

With information from Sofiane Assous

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