BC’s Aboriginal Pre-Cadet Training starts today!

by ahnationtalk on May 24, 2017489 Views

Aboriginal Policing Services

2017-05-23 10:51 PDT

File # Aboriginal Awareness Week

Aboriginal Awareness Week 2017 is May 23 – 27, 2017, and it’s our opportunity to recognize Aboriginal peoples within the RCMP mosaic. This year, the BC RCMP is excited to celebrate the week by launching the 2017 class of Aboriginal Pre-Cadets.

Twenty-eight participants from across Canada, including 10 from BC, are beginning training with the RCMP’s Aboriginal Pre-Cadet Training Program (APTP). This three week program is conducted at the RCMP’s Training Academy (Depot) in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The troop begins their training on May 22 and through the program, youth of Aboriginal ancestry will work with RCMP members and support staff to gain valuable work experience. The training at Depot consists of problem solving, law, public speaking, physical fitness, police defensive tactics, drill, & cultural awareness. The goal of Aboriginal Pre-Cadet Training program provides Aboriginal youth the opportunity to experience daily police work in order to pursue careers in the RCMP.

On June 9, 2017, the participants will graduate from the APTP program and return home with their newly acquired skills. This paid program offers a great opportunity for participants to fully experience what it would be like to be a police officer, particularly if they are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Currently, there are seven former British Columbia APTP students in various stages of the application process to become regular members of the RCMP.

More photos and stories will be shared this week through our BC RCMP social media pages on Twitter and Facebook as each BC participant shares their training experiences. Please follow along by checking back on our pages for updates from the class of #APTP2017.

If you are interested in the program, here are some basic requirements for eligibility:

  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be of First Nation, Metis or Aboriginal Descent
  • Be of good character
  • Be between 19-29 years of age
  • Have completed Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Have a valid BC’s Drivers Licence
  • Be able to pass an enhanced reliability security check

For more information, please contact Cpl Bev Pitawanakwat at beverly.pitawanakwat@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or 604-365-1297.


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