Members of the Saanich Crime Prevention Team stand with volunteer co-ordinator Ian Gibbs and Saanich Police Sgt. Sherry Walsh of the Community Engagement Division. Photo submitted

Work with Saanich Police offers students clues about themselves

Six post-secondary students spend summer working with Crime Prevention Team

Saanich Police provided a first-hand look into a career in law enforcement for a half-dozen post-secondary students.

Six post-secondary students were kept busy this summer working on crime prevention and public safety issues with the Saanich Police Community Engagement Division.

“This program is so valuable to us. It gives us experience that we’d never get anywhere else, but it’s also really valuable to the community,” said team lead Amy Acheson, who is working towards a bachelor degree in sport and fitness leadership at Camosun College.

Her stint with the Crime Prevention Team this summer, as well as time spent earlier this year with the police reserve program, has convinced Acheson to focus on a career in law enforcement.

“You think you’re going to come in here and work on some work skills and you come in and really learn some things about yourself and who you are,” said Acheson, who credits Sgt. Sherry Walsh with taking her under her wing and providing mentorship.

The Crime Prevention Team was made up of both students looking at a career in law enforcement as well as those following a different career path.

Emily Jackson is studying for a bachelor of arts in psychology at the University of Victoria.

“I would like to work in a career where I get to help the community and work with people,” said Jackson, who is focusing her studies on early childhood developmental psychology. “I’m interested in law enforcement, maybe not specifically as an officer but maybe in restorative justice or family and child protective service.”

The team worked on numerous crime prevention initiatives – things such as fraud awareness seminars, parking lot audits, cellphone watch campaigns and boating safety issues – as well as attending numerous events such as Music in the Park and Canada Day at the Gorge.

For Jackson, her favourite experience was meeting with members of the 55-plus social club at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre.

“The people there are awesome and were so welcoming,” said Jackson, who got a lesson in carpet bowling from the members. “It was great to learn something new with people who have so many stories and so much life experience. It’s a different type of interaction than with your own peer group.”

Acheson praised the interaction with the officers, saying the open-door policy shown by everyone from regular duty constables right up to the chief has convinced her to continue on her path towards a career in law enforcement.

The time spent with the Crime Prevention Team has taught Jackson a lot about herself.

“I’ve gained a lot of confidence in my abilities and ideas, and I think that’s a valuable skill going forward,” she said. “I think the best part is how much I’ve grown into myself.”

editor@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Province launches lawsuit over Esquimalt sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after being dropped from marine lift in 2018

Colwood tops Grumpy Taxpayer$ 2019 Candy Cane Awards

Yearly awards for improved governance go to Colwood, Oak Bay, Victoria

Byelection to replace Victoria councillor set to cost more than $140,000

Staff recommend a smaller election process for March 14

North Saanich Fire Department wins national Movember challenge

Team raises more than urban Edmonton, Toronto firefighters

VIDEO: Kenney lays out key demands for meeting with Trudeau

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aims for clear signs of federal action on two-day Ottawa trip

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

No reports yet of Canadians affected by New Zealand volcano eruption, feds say

Missing and injured included tourists from the U.S., China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia

Vancouver Island blues musician’s mother’s home burglarized and ransacked

David Gogo’s 71-year-old mother has jewelry and artwork stolen in break-in

Dance cancelled after Alberta teacher’s climate lesson prompts online threats

School district near Red Deer cancelled annual family dance due to Facebook comments

Most Read