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Sheridan and Peel Regional Police collaborate on Youth in Policing Initiative

Jul 3, 2024
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Peel Regional Police (PRP) and Sheridan College proudly announce their continued collaboration on the summer Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI).

The YIPI program, funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, and the Peel Regional Police Service Board, is designed to provide opportunities for youth between 15 and 18 years of age from priority populations who reflect the cultural diversity in the Region of Peel, to develop life, job and leadership skills through a teamwork and mentorship approach.

In 2022, the Peel Regional Police YIPI program expanded to include Sheridan. This collaborative approach proved to be highly successful, with a 60% growth in the program over the previous year, which included 40 youth and four team leaders hired for the summer.

The 44 YIPI students pose with the police panda mascot in the gym

In 2024, PRP continues the YIPI Program with Sheridan. As in the previous year, 40 YIPI students, along with four YIPI team leaders will have the opportunity to learn about Peel Regional Police and Sheridan as a postsecondary institution. While at Sheridan, the YIPI students will take part in advance standing introductory courses that relate to policing, including Forensic Sciences, Private Security Program and fitness.

“Our Board is pleased to continue supporting the YIPI program," said Sumeeta Kohli, Vice-Chair of the Peel Regional Police Services Board. "We believe this program will familiarize the youth with opportunities in policing, equip them with skills for future success and build positive relationships.”

“Sheridan’s School of Public Safety is proud to continue our partnership with Peel Regional Police to bring the Youth in Policing Initiative to our Davis Campus in Brampton,” said Dr. Janet Morrison, Sheridan’s President and Vice Chancellor. “We’re excited to welcome participants to campus to give them a first-hand experience of what a meaningful career in public safety can look like. Sheridan faculty will support participants through mentorship and instruction in the field of public safety and social justice, which align with the variety of possible careers through Peel Regional Police.”

YIPI students take a selfie with a police officer

“Alongside community partners like Sheridan College, Peel Regional Police is committed to engaging and developing strong positive relationships with youth," said Deputy Chief Mark Dapat, Peel Regional Police. "The YIPI program provides young people with the opportunity to receive first-class postsecondary education, healthy lifestyle training and sightlines into the rewarding careers within policing in order to further develop their skills to be future leaders within Peel Region.”

This 8-week Youth in Policing Initiative kicked off on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at Davis Campus and runs through to Friday, August 23, 2024.

Learn more about earning a diploma in Police Foundations, an Honours Bachelor of Community Safety or an Honours Bachelor of Social and Community Development from Sheridan's Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies.


Photos courtesy of Peel Regional Police

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