Local police officers volley with middle school students

Must Read

11 new additional COVID-19 cases confirmed in Northern Health Region

VICTORIA, B.C. – An additional 11 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Tuesday, bringing the total in the...

Local abattoirs, essential to beef up local meat, can’t keep up. So why aren’t there more?

Eventually, most B.C. livestock is slaughtered into meat — but where? It’s a question that’s plagued farmers, ranchers, abattoir owners...

Canadian crude-by-rail exports fall to another eight-year low in July

CALGARY — Canadian exports of crude oil by rail fell to another eight-year low in July despite the gradual...
Erica Fisher

Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Corporal Jodi Shelkie explains that middle school and high school students can be facing a lot of difficult decisions in their lives, and it’s important for them to know that police officers are there to help. 

“Often police in communities are looked to as the enforcement,” she argues. “If something bad happens, you call the cops. We want to look at it as kind of prevention in that we’re there to show that we’re more than just there to arrest the bad guy; we’re there to give them advice and guide them through tough times and be their friends.” 

The lunch hour started off with the highly anticipated “cops versus kids” game, and then the teams mixed it up. 

- Advertisement -

Even more important than the relationships built on the court is the interaction after it. Being at the school out of uniform gives the students the chance to ask officers any questions they may have in a more comfortable setting. 

“This is a way where we can come out and just show we’re people too,” says Shelkie. “We’re out of the uniform; we’re playing a game, and hopefully having a good time with them and showing them that the police are there to help them, not just when somebody needs to be arrested.” 

The project started last week at Dr. Kearney Middle School.

- Advertisement -

Community Interviews with Moose FM

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get the latest news delivered to your mailbox every morning.

More Articles Like This