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Are you a young person interested in a career in law enforcement?

The Delta Police Department is once again inviting Delta students in Grades 11 and 12 to apply for its summer Student Police Academy.

Sgt. Sharlene Brooks says the annual program is designed to expose students to the realities of police work and training.

The seven-day academy in July is modeled after training received by police recruits at the Justice Institute of B.C.

That includes learning about criminal and traffic laws, receiving physical training – including taking the Police Officers’ Physical Ability Test (POPAT) – and instruction in the use of force, advanced driving, and firearms.

The 20 students will also participate in scenario-based education that will simulate actual police calls for service, Brooks said.

The hope is participants will leave the program with a sense of the commitment involved in policing as well as the satisfaction gained from dedicating themselves to public service, she added in a media release.

Last year’s class valedictorian, Jelisa Massoud, said the experience drove home the importance of teamwork in law enforcement.

Application packages for the 2011 student academy are available at Delta secondary schools from students’ school counselors and should be submitted to the school’s liaison officer.

Tuition is $150 and includes all materials and uniforms.

The deadline for applicants is April 12. For more information, visit

Surrey North Delta Leader