Media Advisory - Two Ontario youth selected to participate in the RCMP Aboriginal Pre-Cadet Training Program

NEWMARKET, ON, May 24, 2017 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police's (RCMP) Aboriginal Pre-Cadet Training Program (APTP) offers Canadian Aboriginal peoples aged 19 to 29 the opportunity to get an inside look at the life of an RCMP police officer. This summer program provides participants with hands-on experience in the RCMP's training program. Ontario's RCMP Recruiting Unit is pleased to announce that two applicants from Northern Ontario have been selected to participate in the APTP at the RCMP Academy ("Depot" Division) in Regina. The successful candidates are Melissa McGinnis, from Fort Frances and Jordan Belsito-Boissoneau, from Sault Ste. Marie.

Ms. McGinnis and Mr. Belsito-Boissoneau will attend a three-week training program at Depot, from May 22 to June 9, 2017. The training focuses on teaching collaborative problem-solving skills, law enforcement, public speaking, cultural diversity, and facilitating Safe Community Workshops in communities. There are also elements of physical fitness and drill, which promote team work and provide participants with long-term strategies to meet personal fitness goals. The RCMP will provide transportation, meals, accommodation, uniform, and three weeks of training wages.

Currently, 8% of RCMP officers self-identify as Aboriginal. The RCMP is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal officers to 10% to better represent the communities we serve across the country.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) offers an exceptional career, letting you make a real difference in your community and your country. No other police force in Canada provides the levels of services and variety offered by the RCMP, as well as opportunities for continued learning and growth.

The RCMP is looking for people from across the country to join Canada's national police service. If you or someone you know is thinking about becoming a police officer with the RCMP, visit

Quick Facts

  • Over 150 career specializations: After only three years of General Duty Policing, you can explore a vast range of specialized career paths.
  • Paid cadet training: Cadets at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Training Academy receive paid training from their very first day.
  • Travel and development opportunities: You will begin your career by working in Canada and may have the opportunity to work abroad in Foreign Missions, or in specializations ranging from Forensics to Cybercrime Intelligence.


"The RCMP has been keeping communities safe since 1873. To do our job, we need highly motivated team players who possess strong leadership abilities from a wide range of backgrounds. A uniform with your name on it is waiting for you."

—     Sgt. Michelle Welsh, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police

For further information: For media enquiries, please contact: Sgt. Michelle Welsh, NCO i/c O Division Recruiting, (905) 953-7273, (905) 868-4957


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