Dream Summer Job Becomes Reality for Youth
It wasn’t too long ago that Rajandeep Bimbh was part of the Youth In Policing Initiative (YIPI). Now, as a Police Constable with Peel Regional Police, she recalls the impact that the program had on her view of policing.
“The YIPI program opened my eyes to all the different positions within Peel Regional Police and the amount of work that officers put in on a daily basis. It was the YIPI program that really confirmed for me that I wanted to be a police officer.” says Bimbh.
The YIPI program is a unique eight week program that offers employment to youth to gain exposure to policing as a career, earn a sustainable income and to build relationships with police. This year, 25 students are participating in the YIPI program. These students have completed their orientation and have began their placements at divisions and bureaus across the region.
Shermar Morris, a 16 year old student from Mississauga, would always see the School Resource Officer (SRO) at his school and was impressed with the constant engagement that the officer would have with other students. When the opportunity came up to have a casual conversation with his SRO and the YIPI program was explained to him, that was the moment he realized that the program is one that he wanted to participate in.
“Policing has been a dream and a passion for me since I was five years-old. The YIPI program is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what officers do on a daily basis and help me decide on a career in policing” said Morris.
The YIPI program provides experiences to youth that they may not otherwise have. Recently , the students participated in confidence building exercises and also had the chance to go on patrol with officers from our Marine unit.
Morris went on to say, “The new friends I have already made will be ones that I have for a lifetime. For anyone thinking of joining the YIPI program I want to say don’t hesitate. It is a rewarding program and shows you how heartwarming and caring the officers really are.”
For more information on the YIPI program visit peelpolice.ca.