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Durham Regional Police Service’s Youth in Policing Initiative 2021 Application

Youth in Policing applications are now open! We are currently hiring Students and Team Leaders for our 2021-22 Virtual After-school Initiative
Youth in Policing is a paid employment and personal development opportunity for youth ages 15-18. The program has been running since 2006 and is in partnership with Ontario’s Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.
Each year the Durham Regional Police Service’s Youth in Policing Initiative employs over 120 students from across Durham Region. As employees of the DRPS, youth engage in hands-on learning experiences that emphasize the importance of leadership, teamwork, and community engagement. In addition, youth are exposed to policing as a career and will interact with many various sectors of the service.

The Youth in Policing Initiative aims to empower others to make positive changes within their communities, personal lives, and the lives of others. The program allows youth to develop and enhance professional skills in preparation for future employment and student advancement.

Through the Youth in Policing Initiative, students can build self-confidence allowing them to make a difference within themselves and extending to their communities with the aim to collectively make a ripple effect of positive change.
 
Our Initiatives
The Youth in Policing Initiative runs two separate initiatives a year. Each initiative is designed to give a unique experience to Durham youth while maintaining the vision and values of the program.
Summer Initiative
The summer initiative was founded in 2006 and is full-time employment with the Youth in Policing. Employment typically commences on the first week of July to the last week of August (8 weeks), working Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm (35 hours per week). Approximately 60 Students and 6 Team Leaders are hired for the Summer Initiative and members typically work out of the Durham College / Ontario Tech University campus.
Winter (after-school) Initiative
The winter (after-school) initiative was founded in 2012 and is part-time employment with the Youth in Policing initiative throughout the school year. Employment typically commences on the last week of November to the last week of March (14 working weeks), working Wednesdays 5pm to 8pm, and Saturdays 9am to 3pm (9 hours per week). The winter initiative follows the same break schedule of the Durham District School Board for winter and spring break; Students do not get exam week off. Approximately 60 Students and 6 Team Leaders are hired for the Winter Initiative and members typically work out of the Durham College / Ontario Tech University campus.
COVID-19: Going Virtual
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Youth in Policing Initiative has temporarily gone virtual! The Durham Regional Police Service is committed to keeping our members and communities safe, while still being able to deliver the impact and mission of Youth in Policing. All regular programming and hiring will be completed through a virtual means until further notice.
Summer Student Positions (non-YIP)
If you are a post-secondary student and do not meet the eligibility criteria for Youth in Policing (listed below in “Eligibility Criteria” section), then you can consider applying for one of the numerous Summer Student positions offered by the Durham Regional Police Service! Information about these positions can be found on the job posting when they go live: recruitdrps.durham.ca.
Please note these positions are external to Youth in Policing. Any questions should be directed to recruiting@drps.ca.
Highlights and Training
Through the Youth in Policing Initiative, students can build self-confidence allowing them to make a difference within themselves and extending to their communities with the aim to collectively make a ripple effect of positive change.
What to Expect

  • Approximately 60 participants between the ages 15-18
  • Giving students an insight into policing who previously have had little to no exposure
  • Engagement with the community and different organizations
  • Fast-paced, hands-on learning environment

Certificates & Training

  • Standard First Aid, CPR C, AED Training
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Worker Health & Safety Training
  • C.A.L.M. (Conflict-Anger-Learning-Meditation)Training
  • Leadership Training
  • Diversity Training

Cooperative Education
Students are eligible to receive cooperative education and leadership credits through their participation in the Youth in Policing Initiative! Students are eligible to receive up to one (1) credit during the after-school initiative and up to three (3) credits during the summer initiative. These are grade eleven (11) open credits provided through Durham Continuing Education. The cooperative education credits are a mandatory component of Youth in Policing, Students cannot opt out. There is no prior work needed to be done by applicants in order to be eligible for the credits with their schools. Durham Continuing Education staff will walk Students through the process after they have received their offers for employment.
Community Outreach
As a member of Youth in Policing, Students will have the opportunity to participate in community driven events and initiatives. In the past, Youth in Policing has partnered up with large community projects such as Habitat for Humanity and the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser, raising tens of thousands of dollars for charity. This is just one way our youth are able to make change in the community. While being a member of Youth in Policing cannot earn you volunteer hours, there are countless opportunities that the program can expose to Students to in order to go above and beyond the mandate of the program. These extra initiatives are exclusive to Youth in Policing and are able to get you volunteer hours.
Police Service Exposure
In addition to the community work and personal development done through Youth in Policing, Students have the opportunity to learn about the various areas of policing. Students have the unique opportunity of completing an oath of secrecy, that allows them to hear a far broader range of information regarding police work. Youth in Policing gets visits from numerous officers and units visit to share what they do in the community. Some of these units may include: Homicide, Guns and Gangs, Drug Enforcement, Equity and Inclusion, Forensics, Use of Force, Tactical Support, School Resource, Recruiting, and more! Not interested in policing? No problem! Youth in Policing is open to all members of the community, regardless of their interests or desired career paths.

Eligibility Criteria

The following is the criteria that must be met in order to be able to participate in the programs. You may only be a Student once; you may be considered to be a Team Leader multiple times.
Student

  • Be between the ages of 15-18*
  • Have never been previously hired for the Durham Regional Police Service’s Youth in Policing Initiative (for any amount of time)
  • Reside in the Regional Municipality of Durham
  • Currently enrolled in secondary school
  • Be responsible for transportation to and from work locations
  • Legally eligible to work in Canada
  • SUMMER ONLY: Be returning to secondary or post-secondary school in upcoming school year
  • SUMMER ONLY: Candidates cannot participate in any other credit program(s) during the summer initiative regardless of the mode of delivery within the Durham District School Board (Summer Initiative only)

* You must be between the ages of 15-18 by the first day of employment, which is stated on the job posting when applications are live.
Team Leader

  • Be a graduate of the Durham Regional Police Service’s Youth in Policing Initiative*
  • Reside in the Regional Municipality of Durham
  • Currently enrolled in secondary school or post-secondary school
  • Be responsible for transportation to and from work locations
  • Legally eligible to work in Canada
  • SUMMER ONLY: Be returning to secondary or post-secondary school in upcoming school year

* Being a graduate means you were employed by the Youth in Policing Initiative and completed the program. Participating in the Junior Youth in Policing Camp or any other community initiatives are NOT considered Student positions with Youth in Policing.

Hiring Process
Please see below the steps in applying for Youth in Policing. As a part of the selection for this position, all applicants may be assessed through a resume review, interview, and background investigation.
Applications are currently: OPEN

Durham Regional Police Service’s Youth in Policing Initiative 2021 Application

Please read ALL steps before completing your application

  • Ensure you are eligible for the program (See eligibility above)
  • If applications are open (stated above), Download the “Youth in Policing Student” or “Youth in Policing Team Leader” Applications Here. (To download: right click on the links and hit “Save link as…”)
  • And then visit recruitdrps.durham.ca.
  • Scroll down to “How to Apply” and save the application package to your computer before completing
  • Complete the full application package, which has a spot for your resume and cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Submitting a resume and/or cover letter alone is considered incomplet
  • Follow the steps for submission on the job posting

The position page will have the final closing date, the cut-off time to hear back, and the projected interview dates. Successful applicants will move forward to the interview stage. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please advise the contact name on the posting. Appropriate assistance will be provided pursuant to the Service’s Accessibility directive. The Durham Regional Police Service is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest.

Application & Interview Tips for Success!

  • Use full sentences and fill the space provided on your application to maximize your chance of getting an interview
  • Learn a bit about Youth in Policing in preparation for your interview
  • Dress for success, look presentable for your interview
  • Come with a positive attitude and a smile
  • Think about yourself! What are your strengths and weaknesses? Do you have examples
    prepared?
  • Ask us questions! We love to hear from you

For more Information: Visit the website for Durham Regional Police Service’s Youth in Policing Initiative 2021 Application

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