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Blue Eagle Community Cadet program takes flight with the help of Transit Police

Blue Eagle Community Cadet program takes flight with the help of Transit Police

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In 2021, Transit Police launched the Blue Eagle Community Cadets Program, which has been primarily led by Indigenous Liaison Officer Constable Kirk Rattray, in partnership with other municipal police departments and community organizations. This fall, the program will also be led by the New Westminster Police Department.

The Blue Eagle Community Cadets Program creates a culturally safe and open space for youth. The program focuses on teaching youth about Indigenous protocols and cultural events and is open to any youth ages 12-15 who are interested in learning more about Indigenous peoples, traditions, and histories.  

Officers are not in uniform when interacting with youth and are referred to by their first names which helps to bridge relationships between police and Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. Other opportunities and features of the program include exploring career options; learning new skills, physical activity and building confidence; and learning about the importance of community service and unity.   

To learn more or to register for the Blue Eagle Cadet Program, please visit https://transitpolice.ca/about-us/specialty-units/community-engagement-team/blueeagle/