Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award
Constable Rick Cole
Edmonton Police Service
Constable Rick Cole was the winner of the 2003 Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award for developing the COLE'S Kids. Constable Cole noticed that he and his colleagues were dealing with the same young people over and over again. These youths were demonstrating that they didn't feel responsible for their actions, so Cole decided to develop a program that helps young people involved in issues like bullying, assault, theft, and mischief improve their behaviour.
The program requires young people to sign a "contract for success," which often calls for them to attain better marks at school and keep their parents informed of their whereabouts. The young person, their parents and police create the contract as quickly as possible after an arrest or intervention, which is one of the main reasons why the program works. COLE'S Kids also requires parents to hold up their end of the bargain. The parents or guardian are asked to spend 15 minutes of one-on-one time with their child each day and make sure all the required chores are completed.
Certificates of Distinction
Corporal Greg Fleet
Regina Police Service - Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program
Constable Terry Simm
Sarnia Police Service - Hate Crime: Writing on the Wall video and Rebound program
Constable Ken Anderson
Winnipeg Police Service - Aboriginal Cultural Program for Boys
The Minister of Justice National Youth Justice Policing Award was established in 2000. Here are the previous award recipients:
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