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DRPS: Chief for a Day essay contest


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NORTH DURHAM: What would you do if you were police chief for a day?

In September, the Durham Regional Police (DRPS) is holding an essay contest for Grade 5 students.

According to Constable Stefanie Puckrin, the DRPS has hosted this essay contest for many years. Students entering Grade 5, this coming September, are eligible for this contest and can start their essays now.

The essay must consist of 500 words, outlining what students would do if they were police chief for a day. The contest winner will serve as Chief for a day in October.

“It’s good for kids, just to do something in the summer,” said Const. Puckrin.

She also explained, the essay contest is a great assignment for teachers to give to their students. It gives the teachers a better understanding of where their student’s writing abilities stand, at the beginning of the school year. “[The contest] promotes positivity between police and youth,” she said. She added, it also encourages partnerships between the local police force and the community.

Students will learn how to inspire and support the community, by participating in the Chief for a Day essay contest. “You have different views and perspectives on what they see the needs are in the community, especially for their age,” the constable explained.

The DRPS and Const. Puckrin look forward to seeing what creative ideas students will bring to their essay. They are encouraging as many essay submissions as possible.

The essay must include the student’s name, and name of the city and school they’re attending.

Students from the following school boards are able to participate: Durham District School Board, Durham Catholic District School Board, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and the Clarington Catholic School Board.

All essays must be submitted by September 19th. Once completed, please submit your essay to

For more information, please contact Const. Puckrin, at 1-888-579-1520, at extension 1745.

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