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Youth in Policing Initiative,
15th Anniversary Virtual Media Launch,
Tuesday, July 6, 2021,
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Broadcast time: 15:00
Date: Monday, July 5, 2021
Unit: Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit
Phone: 416-808-0185

On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., please join Assistant Deputy Minister David Mitchell, Ministry of Children Community and Social Services - Youth Justice Division, Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board Jim Hart, Chief of Police James Ramer, 2012 YIPI Alumni Police Constable Stephen Adjei-Bediakoand from 14 Division, and 2015 YIPI Alumni Ms. Bibi Saleema Hakim as they congratulate and welcome 74 young people from across the city who begin their eight weeks in the 2021 First Virtual Summer Youth in Policing Initiative Program. This year marks the 15th Anniversary of the YIPI program.

These students will be assigned to the Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit and will be gaining work experience and life skills through their virtual interactions with police officers and community members.

The Youth in Policing Initiative is part of the Government of Ontario’s Youth Opportunities Strategy. This Strategy is helping to build stronger communities by establishing and expanding community programs that help youth achieve a brighter future.

The young people in this program, aged 15-18, represent neighbourhoods throughout the city including Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown, Thistletown-Beaumond Heights, Elms-Old Rexdale, Black Creek, South Parkdale, Eglinton East, Kennedy Park, Scarborough Village, Weston-Pellam Park, Mount Dennis, Flemingdon Park, Victoria Village, Crescent Town, Regent Park, and Oakridge.

For more information about our program, please contact us at or visit our social media sites:

Twitter: @YouthInPolicing
Instagram: YouthInPolicing

Due to COVID-19 precautions, media may join online through WebEx. Please email for the launch invitation.

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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Acting Inspector Brian Urkosky, Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit