York Regional Police has, for the sixth year in a row, been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for Young People for 2023.
The designation recognizes employers that offer the nation's best workplaces and programs for young people starting their careers, the police service said in a news release.
The employers on the list are Canada's leaders in attracting and retaining younger employees to their organizations.
"York Regional Police remains committed to supporting and developing our young members,” Chief Jim MacSween said. “We are proud to be recognized in this area for the sixth year in a row.”
York Regional Police is among thousands of employers in Canada evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for youth programs and benefits.
The editors also review each employer’s programs for training, mentorship and career management.
The following are some of the reasons why York Regional Police was selected:
- The Student Cadet Program is a paid internship program geared at providing policing experience to students interested in pursuing a career in policing. Students who attend a police-related college or university program can work up to 24 hours per week during the school year and up to 40 hours during the summer. Cadets develop skills and qualifications while working at police districts, assisting with cell checks, front desk duties, monitoring statements and other administrative tasks. The program runs for one year, with the potential to renew for a second.
- The civilian job shadowing program provides junior civilian members with the opportunity to explore other areas of the organization, build skills and develop relationships outside of their original unit. The program helps support members in achieving their long-term career goals.
- Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI) is a paid internship program for students ages 15 to 18 who have experienced barriers to success in their communities. It provides opportunities to participate in community events, administrative tasks and act as junior counsellors at the organization's educational Community Safety Village in Whitchurch-Stouffville.
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