The Surrey RCMP on November 26th, 2014, wrapped up its inaugural Citizen Police Academy with a special ceremony for all participants acknowledging their completion of the program.
The ten week academy provided a group of Surrey citizens and business owners with an inside look into policing through interactive learning sessions delivered by officers and staff. The goal was to foster a better understanding between the public and the RCMP and explore how they can work together to enhance public safety. It is the hope of the Surrey RCMP that participants use what they have learned and go on to become ambassadors for crime prevention in their community.
The program was, without a doubt, a resounding success, says Corporal Nicky Noonan, lead organizer of the Citizen Police Academy.
While this was our first attempt at such a program, we were very encouraged by the feedback we received from both participants and presenters.
Some of the feedback from participants included:
Today, I consider myself a well-informed citizen of Surrey and [am] very grateful for the opportunity.
Without a doubt, I can say that you have 25 more members out in our community who will strive for the betterment of society. Keep it up!
I was unaware of just how many programs and departments there are and how each of them work. What a great way to see how our community benefits… Thank you for allowing me a behind the scenes look.