Over the course of eight weeks the Saskatoon Police Service is playing host to 14 cadets in the Cadet Orientation Police Studies (C.O.P.S.) program, the first of its kind in Saskatchewan.
The program is a collaboration between the SPS, Saskatoon Public School Board and the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Board, with assistance from the Kiwanis Club of Saskatoon. It is designed to develop stronger relationships between police and students, as well as bridge ethnic and socioeconomic gaps within our community. Interested Grade 11 and 12 students from Mount Royal Collegiate, Bedford Road Collegiate, and E.D. Feehan High School were encouraged to take part in the application process, including the development of a resume, references, an essay, an interview and background checks. Of the 36 applications 14 were chosen for the program, which is recognized as a high school credit. The students were issued uniforms and are learning about all aspects of policing.
The media is invited to attend today at 3:30 p.m., at the SPS Headquarters Building. The students are working with members of the Tactical Support Unit, learning how to repel.