Amherstburg police welcome summer “YIPPI” student to help with community outreach


By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Police Service has another body to help out around the town and in the office.

YIPI student It is the third straight year Amherstburg police have received grant money through the program to hire a youth.

“It was offered through the school,” said Derksen, who has just completed Grade 10 at General Amherst High School. “I thought it was a great opportunity. It looks good on a resumé. I thought it was a good job.”

Thus far, Derksen has been helping around the police station by performing such duties as typing, filing and washing cruisers but plans call for him to get out into the community.

“It’s basically whatever they need me to do,” he said.

Derksen said he is unsure what he wants to pursue as a career but added he hasn’t ruled out police work.

“I’m still exploring options,” he said. “This is definitely one of the options.”

“We interviewed several people and Braden was fortunate enough to get this posting,” said Deputy Chief Pat Palumbo.

Palumbo said YIPPI students allow Amherstburg police to reach into the community and offer extended programming. Programs like “Lock it or Lose it” are furthered, as Derksen will be out in the community putting flyers on windshields reminding motorists to lock their vehicles so that items inside don’t get stolen.

The target-hardening program offered by police will also be strengthened, as Derksen will assist in seeing if the business community wants to participate in ensuring their debit machines are not tampered with.

“It’s been at least a year since we did a sweep of the business community,” said Palumbo.

Palumbo said the program allows young people with an interest in policing to gain job skills and experience during the summer months.

“It’s a very good program. It’s our third year participating in it,” he said. “It allows us to get out there doing things we don’t have time to do.”

Without government funding, Amherstburg police would not be able to offer such a program locally.

“We wouldn’t be able to run it without the assistance of the provincial government,” said Palumbo.

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