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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Youth Police Academy Program Underway

A group of young people are on their way to getting sworn in, as they tough it out in Mini Police Academy. 

The program is called Kids 'n Kops, delivered by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saint John and the Saint John Police Force, and is for youth aged 9-12. 

Constable Tony Arsenault is the program's police leader for the second year in a row, and he tells CHSJ News they're teaching the kids uniformity and consistency. He says no other program compares to this one, where police officers and young cadets can build friendships, an experience he describes as 'phenomenal'. 

Laurie Collins of Big Brothers Big Sisters tells us the program is an educational opportunity for the group of young people. They graduate from the academy on Friday at 2pm at the Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre.