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Published on February 27, 2017 | by Austen Demerling     Photography by Allison Scully


York Regional Police looking to recruit cadets

The University of Guelph-Humber recently hosted representatives from the York Regional Police at an event for students interested in careers in law enforcement. The mission statement of the Student Cadet Program is “to develop educated candidates … into full-time sworn members [of the York Regional Police] once they have completed their degree,” according to the email sent to all students at the school by career services.

The program will take applications from the top 10 to 12 applicants from Guelph-Humber and other schools in the area. At the end of the review process, up to five part-time cadets will be hired for a 12-month period beginning in September, according to literature distributed at the event.

All students from Guelph-Humber are welcome to apply, even if they aren’t in the justice studies program.

“It doesn’t matter what you took in school, it’s what experiences you bring to the table,” said uniform recruiter Bronwin Kempers.

Staff sergeant Peter Casey, a two-time University of Guelph graduate, said during the presentation that Guelph-Humber is their first stop when they tour around to meet with students.

“We have a strong partnership with this institution,” said Kempers. “It was one of the first schools that we partnered with.”

Jeffrey Wenzel, a graduate from the criminal justice program at Humber College and a current student cadet, talked about some of the skills he has developed by training with the police. “Communication is probably the number one tool that an officer uses, and as a student cadet we use that as well. Whether that be talking to victims or offenders or even just the general public coming in to make an inquiry, communication is key,” said Wenzel.

Career Services co-ordinator Allison Scully said students often miss out on opportunities to meet with and talk to career professionals during events like this because “they’re not aware” that the events are happening.

For those that do make it, Scully suggested, “coming to those information sessions and dressing business-casual is very important … it helps students stand out.”

Students who aren’t studying justice but are still interested in a policing career should “start now,” said Scully, by being involved in the community with volunteer work. Students can demonstrate with intent “that they are trying to work towards a career in policing and it’s not just something that they just decided that day.”

As a final piece of advice for aspiring cops, Wenzel said “keep an ear open, always. It’s amazing what you can learn just by listening.”

Applications for the Student Cadet Program are being accepted until Friday, March 3 at noon.

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