Last year's crop of Port Alberni RCMP Youth Camp rookies go through an inspection.

No RCMP youth camp for Alberni in 2013

Port Alberni RCMP will take a break from its youth camp in order to plan an even bigger event for 2014.

Port Alberni RCMP will not hold a youth camp this year but plans are in the works for a bigger one with Oceanside and possibly Nanaimo joining next year.

“We heard loud and clear from the Oceanside detachment that they wanted to develop a similar model we had,” said RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Jen Allan, explaining Oceanside decided to join during a meeting last week.

“Nanaimo has been invited to the process with an option to include them as well.”

The camp is open to students in Grades 10 to 12 who are interested in a career in law enforcement, such as the RCMP, conservation, fisheries or positions in the justice system. The plan is to hold this camp, which Allan said is modelled on what the RCMP academy depot would teach new recruits, every two years.

Last year, 12 students were accepted to the camp and they were taught things like tactical positioning when talking to a person who may be highly violent.

“It was our first one and we wanted to keep this pilot one small and a little more manageable and give an opportunity to work with the kids directly,” Allan said, explaining places like Prince George and Courtenay will see about 50 kids at their camps.  “We are planning to have an even bigger and better one to offer to the community of Port Alberni.”

Allan added the RCMP often see new recruits list attending one of these camps in their application to become officers.

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