Gananoque YIPIs grad­u­ate from suc­cess­ful sum­mer pro­gram

The Gananoque Reporter - - COMMENT -

YIPI cheer from the com­fort of her va­ca­tion in BC by com­puter screen.

“Wi t h t h i s pro­gram, I have be­come more in touch with my com­mu­nity and the peo­ple who re­side within it,” said Tris­tan Ham­mond, YIPI. “I have cre­ated new and last­ing friend­ships with my fel­low YIPI mem­bers, and have cre­ated re­la­tion­ships with im­por­tant in­di­vid­u­als across the town that­make Gananoque what it is. I chose this pro­gram be­cause I am headed for Hum­ber College to study Po­lice Foun­da­tions, and to fur­ther my stud­ies and knowl­edge within this field.”

“I am look­ing for­ward to pur­su­ing a ca­reer in policing,” said Lind­say Sar­gent. “I am so happy to have been a part of this great op­por­tu­nity. It has opened my eyes and helped me see that I re­ally want to pur­sue a ca­reer within the po­lice force.”

“It was such a great op­por­tu­nity for me,” said Kait­lyn Nash, speak­ing through VOIP from Bri­tish Columbia. “Not only did I have a great group, I also had a great su­per­vi­sor, which all opened up my eyes to policing and al­lowed me to re­al­ize it’s about more than just ar­rest­ing some­one. It’s about be­ing with your com­mu­nity and treat­ing peo­ple with re­spect. This pro­gram has def­i­nitely added a ca­reer op­por­tu­nity to my fu­ture list of pos­si­ble oc­cu­pa­tions.”

“As I looked deeper into what this job was about, I re­al­ized I could learn a lot from it,” said Brit­tany Reid. “The YIPI Pro­gram taught me to com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple more be­cause part of the job is in­ter­act­ing with the com­mu­nity, whether that is giv­ing a tourist di­rec­tions or just hav­ing a nice con­ver­sa­tion with them. Al­though I am not look­ing to pur­sue policing as a ca­reer, the YIPI Pro­gram gave me the ex­pe­ri­ence and in­sight on what I do want to be­come. I got the ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with kids and peo­ple of all ages. I am look­ing to pur­sue a job that makes it pos­si­ble for me to help kids. This pro­gram not only teaches you about policing – it teaches you about team­work, re­spon­si­bil­ity, and how to in­ter­act with peo­ple. No mat­ter what ca­reer path you take, YIPI will help you in some way.”

Par­tic­i­pants in the pro­gram gave thanks to all of the groups they worked with, and were pre­sented with sev­eral cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

“As the chief, it makes me proud to have them here today,” said Gananoque Po­lice Chief Garry Hull. “Ac­co­lades for all the work that goes into the YIPI pro­gram to both Con­sta­ble Molle­son and Con­sta­bleWe­ston. I have a lim­ited role in that, and I amap­pre­cia­tive that theMin­istry pro­vides us with fund­ing to cre­ate and con­tinue this pro­gram.”

Ev­ery year, four new par­tic­i­pants are cho­sen for the pro­gram. Stu­dents were paid $400 a week for their par­tic­i­pa­tion, and they learned many valu­able skills which will fol­low them through life. These in­clude re­spon­si­bil­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity, and the abil­ity to deal well with the pub­lic. The pro­gram helps cre­ate not only a new gen­er­a­tion of law en­force­ment pro­fes­sion­als, but also a more con­fi­dent, bet­ter rounded group of young peo­ple ready to face the chal­lenges that lie ahead.

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