Whatì youth learning the ropes of law enforcement with Whatì RCMP
July 14, 2020
Over the course of three days, a group of youth from Whatì discovered multiple aspects of a career in law enforcement thanks to a summer youth camp hosted by Whatì RCMP.
From Monday, July 6th to Wednesday, July 8th, a group of eight youth aged 12 to 18 were guided through different tasks a police officer would do during their career. From crime scene and fingerprints, to traffic enforcement and physical fitness testing, the youth were given a good sense of what it takes to become a police officer.
On the first day, the youth were taught how to investigate a crime scene. “When people think crime scene investigation, they often think of the TV show” explains Cst. Carman Dutz, from Whatì RCMP and one the camp facilitators. “We wanted to simulate an investigation that would illustrate collaboration with several units in the RCMP. We staged a homicide and walked through the process of crime scene management, evidence handling, interviewing witnesses, using the police dog to find the weapon, using forensic identification services to analyze prints, and ultimately following the evidence to a suspect who was arrested.”
On the second and third day, the youth replicated an impaired driving investigation, learning how to identify indicators of impairment, make a safe arrest, reading the suspect’s rights and breath demand. They also attended a recruiting presentation and were tested for their fitness with an obstacle course similar to the one used to test cadets aspiring to become RCMP members.
The camp was also punctuated with an Elder presentation, and with conversations about RCMP core values.
It’s the first time such a camp has been offered in Whatì. “There are people here in the community who could be exceptional Mounties” states Cst. Dutz. “We wanted to show the community what it takes to be a Mountie, and introduce them to a member in recruiting with whom they can relate.”
For Marvin Romie, 15 year-old, the job looked easier before the camp, but his perspective changed. “Cops work hard. I thought it was easy being a cop!” Leland Romie 13 year-old, liked the impaired driving investigation. “I really liked the traffic stop, because I got to make an arrest.”
Whatì RCMP would like to thank the Whatì Community Government and the Tlicho Government for their support in hosting this camp.
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Northwest Territories RCMP – Yellowknife, NT