Youth in Policing

The Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) Youth in Policing (YIP) Initiative is a paid personal, professional and community development opportunity for Waterloo Region youth aged 15-18. The program has been running since 2019 in partnership with Ontario's Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS). The program runs weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 2 to Aug 23, 2023.

Mission Statement

WRPS YIP members:

  • Involve themselves as leaders in the community.
  • Navigate their future goals through personal and professional growth.
  • Discover community policing and policing beyond the uniform.

“While I had fun, this program has helped me improve my ability to socialize with others and start conversations.” – YIP Participant 2023

Eligibility Criteria

  • Age 15-18 who are reflective of the community's cultural diversity. 
  • Eligible to work in Canada.
  • Must reside in the Waterloo Region.
  • Be seeking work experience/job skills training.
  • Someone who benefit from the support of a mentor.
  • Able to completes the recruitment/background process.
  • Looking for mentorship relationships
  • Intending to return to school in September or are currently enrolled in school. 
  • Have not been hired in a leadership, team lead or coordinator role for the YIP program.

“One of the most satisfying things I've seen was how all the many moving parts of this police service fit and work together.” – YIP Participant 2023

What Participants Can Expect

  • Standard First Aid and CPR training. 
  • Obtain Safe Food Handling Certificate. 
  • Obtain a Toastmasters Certificate. 
  • Build their resume, interviewing skills, financial literacy and more. 
  • Learn more about their local police service and community partners.

"Going in, I had no idea that I would end up having such an amazing time. I got to meet a lot of great people and coming into work each day, I was confident that I would be learning something new.” – YIP Participant 2023

For more information about the YIP Program, contact:

Sergeant Jo Anna Wilson 
joanna.wilson@wrps.on.ca

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