An eight-week summer placement program implemented by the Yarmouth Rural RCMP and Acadia First Nation, to help strengthen their relationship, has been deemed “very successful.”
Staff sergeant Michel LaCroix said the Acadia First Nation is a close-knit community and that the program was developed to open the lines of communication with the community.
“It was very, very successful,” he said.
The Acadia First Nation provided funding for the program, in which David Falls spent four days each week working with the RCMP.
Falls organized a bike rodeo with youth, a senior safety barbecue and presentations at the youth centre.
He also participated in several ride-along shifts with RCMP officers as an observer.
Falls, who will be attending NSCC Burridge this fall to study business administration, says the experience has provided him with options for the future, including a career with the RCMP.
He says the program is worthwhile and he hopes it’s repeated.
“It’s a good program and I hope they do it again. It does serve its purpose.”
To celebrate the conclusion of the program, a culture-sharing event was held at the rural RCMP detachment last Thursday with presentations by youth, a circle dance, RCMP history provided by Corporal Mark Hustins and a barbecue.