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Cadet Organization Police School Celebrating 50 Years 

 

Cadet Organization Police School Celebrating 50 Years

November 3, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary for Cadet Organization Police School (COPS). In the late 1960’s it was evident to senior officers of the Mississauga Police Force of Peel County, Ontario that the youth of the Lakeshore area needed some type of organization which would help direct them on a positive path towards adulthood.

In January 1968 under the name “The Cadet Organization Police School, Cadet Corps”, an application was made to form a Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Mississauga. Both the police force and the Canadian Provost Corps School, Camp Borden gave strong support to the formation of the cadet corps. The approval authority to form 2824 RC (ARMY) CC Cadet Organization Police School in Port Credit, was granted on February 3, 1968.

The aim of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets is “to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promote physical fitness; and stimulate the interest of youth in the sea, land, and air activities of the Canadian Forces”.

Currently 2824 has three companies staffed by military officers and civilian instructors.  The Corps total strength is currently at 245 cadets.

Over the past 50 years, over 18,000 youth have come through the program, many moving onto post-secondary school and becoming productive citizens of our country.

50 years after the creation of the COPS cadet corps, Peel Regional Police continues to support the unit by providing a full time constable to act as the commanding officer of the unit, a part time civilian administrative assistant and access to Peel Regional Police facilities and resources.

This 50 year continued partnership is celebrated today with a formal dinner with members of the Peel Police Senior Officers Association and the Military attending. 

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a part of COPS, enrollment information is available here to be an Army Cadet (ages 12-18) or Junior Cadet (aged 10-12).

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