After touring the various units down at central station, students shared their essays on community safety.
Suggestions revolved around cleaning up neighbourhood graffiti, increased RIDE programs, creating neighbourhood leaders and even adopting restorative justice meetings.
Chief Eric Girt says it’s a unique opportunity for both the kids and officers involved.
“We want to be connected to kids in the community” said Girt.
“Particularly with diverse communities, if they’re second generation and they’re parents were from different countries originally, the policing can be very different in those countries”
Adding, “this is our opportunity to make that change and they can become involved in policing as well.”
Regina Mundi elementary student Natalie Brugnano says after her experience at police station she would definitely consider it as a future career.
While sitting at Chief Eric Girt’s desk she states emphatically “I have a strong sense of justice.”