2022 Jean Minguy RCMP Memorial Youth Academy

Vernon North Okanagan

2022-05-04 15:09 PDT

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The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and School District 22 are extremely excited to announce the return of the Jean Minguy Memorial RCMP Youth Academy.

The Academy, a collaboration between Vernon School District 22 and the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Detachment kicks off on Sunday, May 8th and runs through to graduation on Saturday, May 14th, 2022. This fully immersive, unique work experience program provides students aged 16-18 an opportunity to explore their career interests in law enforcement in a hands-on, simulated police academy format.

The Academy’s name honours RCMP Constable Joseph Martial Maurice Jean Minguy who lost his life while on duty in Vernon on June 3rd, 2005.

Over the course of the 6 nights and 7 days, the 27 selected candidates will train, learn, eat, and sleep together at the Vernon Army Camp. They will navigate simulated police scenarios, complete daily physical training, learn foot drill, and will receive basic instruction in police tactics, use of force, law, community policing principles, and related academics.

A number of guest presenters attend to give the students a closer look at various specialized units within the RCMP such as, Police Dog Services, Underwater Recovery Team, Indigenous Policing Services, Emergency Response Team, Forensic Identification Services, and others. Partner agencies such as BC Prosecution Service, Vernon Fire Rescue Services, and BC Emergency Health Services will also attend.

This year, we are fortunate to host a special presentation by Sgt Brenda Winpenny, spokesperson for the BC Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. Sgt Winpenny will provide an overview of CFSEU-BC including their mandate as the provinces anti-gang agency, the different units that make up CFSEU-BC, history of the gang landscape in B.C. and an in depth look at their education, awareness and prevention initiative, End Gang Life.

Media Availability Session

We are please to extend an invitation to our media partners to attend the Sgt Winpenny’s presentation. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to interview and photograph Academy presenters, instructors, and participants.

Where: Vernon Military Camp
            2950 15th Ave
            Vernon, BC

When: Wednesday, May 11th, 2022 10:00 a.m., - 11:00 a.m.

Members of the media are asked to arrive on site at the main gate between 9:40 a.m., and 9:50 a.m., as this event is not open to the public.

Please confirm attendance before 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 9th, 2022, to Constable Chris Terleski at 250-260-7161 or by email at VernonMedia@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Released by

Cst. Chris Terleski

Media Relations Officer
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP
3402 30th St, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5E5
Office: 250-260-7161
Fax: 250-260-7191

Email: christopher.terleski@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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