Grade 5 student fills police chief’s shoes for a day

Taking a tour of York Regional Police’s (YRP) new training facility was all in a day’s work for Madison Eirin after being sworn in as police chief for a day.

The Grade 5 student from St. Cecilia Catholic Elementary School in Maple took over the helm from Chief Eric Jolliffe in a swearing-in ceremony at police headquarters in Aurora on April 16.

Wearing a specially-made chief of police uniform, Madison became responsible for the management of more than 2,200 sworn officers and civilians. In addition to touring YRP’s new training facility, Madison toured Air2, the Emergency Response Unit and Canine Unit.

She won the annual Chief of Police Chief for a Day Contest after delivering a speech about how YRP fulfills its vision of making a difference in York Region. She will present her essay to more than 1,000 people at the 27th Annual Police Appreciation Night on May 9.

The Chief of Police for a Day Contest is sponsored by the YRP Appreciation Night committee, the Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan Chinese Business Association, and Scotiabank. Shanahan Ford of Newmarket sponsors a table at the event for contest finalists.

Photo courtesy of York Regional Police.

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