Calgary, AB,

Media Release: Student Police Academy

Grade 12 students from Calgary and area will get a first-hand look at policing during the annual Student Police Academy on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Heritage Park.

During the action-packed day, students will experience many facets of policing.

Participants will take part in a variety of real-life scenarios, including domestic conflict, impaired driving and noisy parties. They will learn about crime scenes, surveillance and crowd control under the guidance of an experienced officer, and will complete an obstacle course, similar to what is used in training.

Participants will also be taught the importance of verbal communication, using conflict resolution and arbitration skills as an alternative to force, which are key skills in policing.

The Calgary Police Service is committed to reducing crime in our community by working with community partners to develop comprehensive strategies to address education, prevention, early intervention, treatment and enforcement. Engaging students in this hands-on event provides students with a better understanding of the complex dynamics involved with policing; it’s more than just responding to calls.  

The Calgary Police Service’s School Resource Officer Program, which helps coordinate the program, seeks to develop a positive rapport with youth and the school community. This event is made possible with contributions from Heritage Park, Calgary Co-op and Peter’s Drive-In.

Details of a media availability will follow in a separate advisory.