The Cadet Organization Police School (COPS) recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. In the late 1960s, Mississauga Police Force of Peel County senior officers saw the need for some type of organization which would help direct Lakeshore area youth on a positive path toward adulthood.
In January 1968, under the name The Cadet Organization Police School, Cadet Corps, an application was made to form a Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps at Mississauga. Both the police force and the Canadian Provost Corps School at Camp Borden gave strong support to the formation of the corps. The approval authority to form the school at Port Credit was granted on Feb. 3, 1968.
The aim of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets is to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promote physical fitness; and stimulate the interest of youth in the sea, land, and air activities of the Canadian Forces. Currently, the local corps has three companies, staffed by military officers and civilian instructors, with a total strength of 245 cadets.
Through the past 50 years, more than 18,000 youth have come through the program, many moving onto post-secondary school and becoming productive citizens of the country.
Fifty years after the creation of the COPS cadet corps, Peel Regional Police continues to support the unit by providing a full-time constable to act as the commanding officer of the unit, a part time civilian administrative assistant and access to Peel Regional Police facilities and resources. The 50-year partnership was celebrated with a formal dinner with members of the Peel Police Senior Officers Association and the military attending.