Langley kids got a taste of the life of a police officer at the annual RCMP Cadets Camp July 8-10.
Organized by Langley Mounties, auxiliary officers, and staff and volunteers from Community Policing Offices, the event involved 100 kids aged 10 to 12.
The floor of the Langley Events Centreâ€™s arena bowl was the main venue for the day camp, the first year the event has been held there.
The new venue has been a good fit for the event, said Const. Craig Van Herk, one of the officers overseeing events.
The new location has turned out to be a source of free advertising. The LEC is still open to people using the upper level concourse as a walking track, and theyâ€™ve been stopping to watch the activity on the stadium floor.
â€œWeâ€™ve had people stopping by to ask about it, and they canâ€™t wait for their kids to turn 12,â€ said Van Herk.
Back at the event this year was Const. Mark Peterse, who spent two years as a Langley RCMP Auxiliary officer. Last year Peterse headed off to the RCMPâ€™s training centre, and he has returned to the Lower Mainland as a general duty officer. Peterse, now assigned to the Surrey detachment, has seen his own daughter go through the Cadet Camp in the past, he said.
Peterse oversaw a group of cadets examining a â€œcrime sceneâ€ complete with clues scattered around.
The cadets also did some drill marching â€“ something Mounties learn during their basic training â€“ met officers on horseback and mounted on motorcycles, and got to interact with members of the Emergency Response Team and see some of the equipment they work with.