Further to a feature appearing in the March 16 issue of the Sooke News Mirror, a couple of local girls have completed their weeklong immersion in the world of law enforcement.
Fiona Pierce and Skye Groves had been selected out of eighty applicants to be among the 50 attending the Greater Victoria Police Camp held recently at Albert Head in Metchosin.
The camp is a recruiting effort by the policing community, held for the purpose of demonstrating to young hopefuls the sort of situations they can expect in a policing career. It also provides a number of law enforcement agencies with an annual infusion of potential candidates for employment.
“The camp was hard work and very informative,” stated Fiona Pierce following the intensive session.
“I found it amazing how well a group of 49 high school students got along and supported each other. My feeling after completing the confidence course (military styled obstacle course) was very gratifying.”
This was the sort of experience designed to provide as realistic as practically possible to the youngsters involved.
“My favourite part was the simulations, especially the night sims,” young Pierce continued.
“We dressed up in a real police uniform, got walkie talkies, and fake weapons. In a team of nine or 10 we were split into pairs and spent four hours getting calls from dispatch, speaking in police code, and maintaining the peace on the grounds.
It was a very educational camp.”