At the request of our employees, Halifax Regional Police (HRP) is today hosting its first-ever official Take Our Kids to Work Day.
Twenty-six grade nine students, each who is related to one of our employees, are participating in a day full of activities that provide a glimpse into the work done by both officers and civilians within HRP day-in and day-out.
They received a briefing from a Patrol Sergeant to start their day, then observed employees in the K-9 Unit and Forensic Identification Section, and later attended the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service for a tour of their facility. This afternoon, they attended the Dartmouth Provincial Courthouse to observe court proceedings and Integrated Emergency Services to gain a sense of how our dispatch centre operates. Later this afternoon they are participating in hands-on activities with a police trainer and an officer in the Integrated Traffic Unit.
“Take Our Kids to Work Day is designed to serve our employees’ family members and give them a realistic overview of what working within HRP entails. I’m confident that it will leave a positive and lasting impression with these young people who just may be our next generation of police and justice employees,” says Chief Jean-Michel (JM) Blais.
A national program, Take Our Kids to WorkDay sees Grade 9 (or equivalent) students hosted by parents, friends, relatives and volunteers at workplaces across the country the first Wednesday of November each year. The intention of the program, which was established in 1994, is to encourage students’ to consider career options for the future by connecting their education with the work world.