Today, we held the opening ceremony for our annual Police MKWA Opportunity Education Circle - Mentorship Program. group of students and police officers

Since 2005, the GSPS Indigenous Liaison Unit has been hosting our Police MKWA Opportunity Education Circle for Indigenous high school students in Sudbury. Since its inception, 266 students have participated in the program and six of those students are currently Police Officers.

MKWA is a partnership that was formed to create learning opportunities for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students living in the City of Greater Sudbury and surrounding areas who may wish to pursue a career in the justice sector. It also serves to establish meaningful relationships between students and police officers.

The program entails a tour of our Police Service and our various units; an opportunity to meet the Chief of Police, Paul Pedersen; presentations by our Traffic Management Unit, Emergency Response Unit, Community Mobilization Unit and more; and last but not least, each student is paired with a mentoring GSPS Officer for two scheduled ride-a-long days in a marked police cruiser.

Thank you all for participating in this program and we look forward to our ride-alongs with each of you!