Youth In Policing Initiative
The Youth In Policing Initiative (YIPI) is an employment program with the Kingston Police Service for youth 15-18 years of age who are attending a secondary school program. The goal of the YIPI program is to give young people an opportunity to develop job skills while enhancing police and community relations. The program is for interested youth with leadership potential including those who may experience barriers to success and would benefit from this unique opportunity.
The Summer YIPI program session runs from June to August, whereas the Fall session takes place from October to January. For approximately 35 hours per week, the participants will work in various Sections of the Kingston Police Service, support community initiatives and learn valuable life and employment skills. YIPI participants will also have a working relationship with a number of valuable youth-serving organizations in Kingston.
Youth in Policing Initiative:
- Promotes youth participation in the work environment
- through diverse, educational and productive work assignments;
- Enhances the relationship between the police and the youth;
- Provides positive employment opportunities for youth;
Applications are accepted twice a year for Winter and Summer sessions.
- Winter applications are accepted September 1 to October 10
- Summer applications are accepted from February 1 to May 10.
- Eligible to work in Canada;
- Between 15 and 18 years of age for the duration of the program;
- Must be a registered full-time student (in a secondary educational program) during the 2017/2018 academic year
- Resident of Kingston Ontario;
- Successfully complete the recruitment/background check process
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Quote from YIPIs
For the past 4 months, I have worked as a YIPI student it has been a totally new and exciting experience. I came to the job with a mindset of an opportunist. My goal was to learn as much as possible and make as many lasting relationships as possible, and that’s exactly what I did. As a YIPI I have learned more about responsibility than I believe I would at any other part time job in town. Whether it was from designing an obstacle course for the MET trailer, packaging fentanyl safety drug kits, or even properly loading magazines for our officers. This job has taught me what responsibility can be like in the “real world”. Yet not only have I learned a lot through our projects, but I have also been given the opportunity to meet people in a trade I hope to enter. Thanks to the Kingston Police, I understand what it is like to be a police officer, and the hard work required to become one. – COLE ROOKS
I started working with Josh Conner at the end of December 2016. I have had an amazing time working with Josh as a YIPI, through the last 4 months. I acquired many relationships with other officers, and my co-worker Cole Rooks. Working with Josh has given me the opportunity to design an obstacle course for the new MET (Mobile Fitness Trailer), go on a ride along, and build drug safety kits for the officers. Thanks to Kingston police I have develop important skills for my future in the police force. – KATRINA GUENTER
For more information, please contact:
Officer Josh Conner @kp_youthcop