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Student Police Academy

Student Police Academy returns July 8-12, 2024 – APPLY TODAY!

The New Westminster Police Department is looking for students aged 16-18 who have a desire to learn about a career in policing. The Student Police Academy is a week-long program designed to provide students with an unforgettable and educational experience in law enforcement. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities, learn from experienced professionals, and develop valuable skills that extend beyond the classroom. This program is ideal for students who are looking to expand their knowledge and get a behind the scenes look at all aspects of policing. From physical conditioning and self-defense tactics, to scenario-based simulations and firearm safety, you will receive the most up to date police training.

This is your opportunity to see what it takes to be a police officer!


Successful candidates will exemplify the following core values:

Professionalism – Police officers are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and appropriate manner both at work and in their personal lives.

Responsibility – Police officers are responsible for their own actions and for their contribution to a positive culture in their class.

Accountability – We are looking for candidates who understand the importance of taking ownership for their actions, both positive and negative.

Integrity –A police officer must be honest and truthful, realizing that the goal of each investigation is to discover truth rather than eliminating doubt.

Service – Police officers exemplify one of the most effective forms of leadership: servant leadership.  Police officers lead by example and willingly assist with the most marginalized of all populations.

Endurance – Policing is both physically and mentally challenging.


When: July 8-12, 2024, 8am-4pm

Application deadline: The deadline has been extended to April 14th 2024.

Where: NWPD and associated training facilities.

Cost: $150 (plus applicable fees), due upon acceptance to the program.


Eligibility requirements:

  • You are a student in grade 10, 11, 12, or have just graduated high school in 2024;
  • AND are between the ages of 16-18;
  • You are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • You have a desire to learn about a career in policing;
  • You want to expand your knowledge around law enforcement ;
  • You are motivated, compassionate and empathetic with a genuine desire to help others;
  • You are committed to attending the program for the entire week; and,
  • You support and promote a diverse, inclusive, and healthy environment.


Application process:

  • Download and complete the Application form and Police Information Check.
  • Apply through our career portal and submit the above documents by clicking here.
  • Selected candidates will be interviewed.
  • Upon acceptance to the Student Police Academy, the $150 fee (plus applicable charges) will be due.


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