Mounted Police Camp for high school students entering 11th season

Interested students are invited to apply through their school’s work experience co-ordinators

  • Jan. 14, 2015 5:00 a.m.

The annual Mounted Police Camp is entering its 11th session this year for high school students interested in police work.

Erin Haluschak

Record Staff

From identifying clues at crime scenes to learning marching drills, more than 60 cadets from the Comox Valley will go through RCMP training in April.

Unlike the formal ‘depot’ in Regina, the camp will only last one week, and the cadets are all teenagers.

What began as a joint venture between School District 71 Work Experience Program and the Comox Valley RCMP, the annual Mounted Police Camp is entering its 11th session, explained Const. Don Sinclair.

“There are so many components to the program including fitness, classroom and marching,” he said, and added various police departments come together such as the identification unit and victim services to provide students a full scope of the life of an RCMP officer.

The camp is offered to high school students in Grades 10 to 12 from April 12 to 17 at HMCS Quadra.

Students are lodged during the entire week in a dormitory-type setting, and Sinclair said the program enhances self-esteem and increases leadership skills in both the school and larger community.

“It’s great for students who may have an interest in law enforcement or the legal system, and it gives them an opportunity for first hand experience.”

The students can receive credits towards their high school diploma after successfully completing the week. Sinclair added the end of the program features a graduation where students perform a marching drill for their parents and dignitaries.

Interested students are invited to apply through their school’s work experience co-ordinators and must go through an interview process and criminal record check prior to being accepted into the camp.

The cost to register is $150, but is subsidized by community donations and contributions, noted Sinclair, who added the camp costs approximately $15,000 to run.

Service clubs or individuals wishing to make a donation can do so by contacting Sinclair at the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-132 or


Just Posted

Valley company reaching out to women near and far

Three Comox Valley business women know firsthand what good menstrual products can… Continue reading

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Miniature horses visit Glacier View residents

Glacier View Lodge residents had a couple of special visitors on Wednesday… Continue reading

Annual women’s march in Courtenay Saturday

The Women’s March was a worldwide protest on Jan. 21, 2017, to… Continue reading

Portables arrive for students on Hornby Island

Five portable classrooms have officially arrived on Hornby Island this week in… Continue reading

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples

Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and other couples struggle with tough decisions

BREAKING: Jury finds man accused of killing B.C. girl, 12, guilty

Twelve-year-old Monica Jack disappeared in May 1978 while riding her bike along a highway in Merritt, B.C.

B.C. government extends coastal log export rules for six months

Premier John Horgan talks forest policy at loggers’ convention

B.C. pair accused of ‘honour-killing’ in India to be extradited within days

Malkit Kaur Sidhu and Surjit Singh Badesha are accused of conspiracy to commit murder

Netflix rejects request to remove Lac-Megantic images from ‘Bird Box’

At least two shows on Netflix’s Canadian platform briefly use actual footage of the 2013 tragedy

FOCUS: Canada’s revamped impaired driving law brews ‘potential for injustice’

There must be ‘trigger’ for cops to come knocking, Surrey MP says

Barack Obama to speak at Vancouver event

Former U.S. president will speak with board of trade in March

Former welfare clients still owed money, B.C. Ombudsperson says

Investigation found 2,600 people docked illegally for earning income

Most Read