Child and Youth Resource Unit Officers have a unique role to play between students, parents, and teachers. We intervene when students are at risk, we encourage students to be good citizens both in person and online, and we work to make ensure students learn in a safe environment. Officers also educate youth on safety issues, foster positive relationships between youth and police, increase awareness among youth of their responsibility to the community, and provide them with the knowledge and confidence needed to make safe and responsible choices.
Constable Michelle White is responsible for all middle and elementary school in New Westminster. Constable Dave Zemlak is responsible for New Westminster Secondary School. These Constables are all responsible for international schools, private schools, and post secondary schools. The Child and Youth Resource Unit acknowledges that there are students outside of the traditional school system, and we make a conscious effort to build positive relationships with all youth in New Westminster. The topics we present to classes typically are as follows:
Kindergarten to Grade 3: Stranger danger, general safety awareness, teasing and personal safety.
Grade 4 to Grade 6: Internet safety, social media awareness, personal well being, culture, individual and community respect, and bullying.
Grade 7 to Grade 10: Social media awareness, internet safety, bullying, drug education, personal well being, culture, individual and community respect.
Grade 11 to Grade 12: Social media awareness, internet safety, bullying, drinking and driving, drug education, and dating violence.