One of the key elements of Grade 5 W.E. Miller student Jacob Goldstone’s winning Chief for a Day entry was the genuine appreciation he showed for the profession of policing.
“I’m glad to have the police in Timmins because they work their booties off to help save us and protect us. They don’t have to do this as a job, but they do,” wrote Jacob in his winning entry.
The 10 year-old stepped into the role of Chief for the Day on Friday, May 19, part of National Police Week 2017. The contest is a way to further improve the relationship between youth and police.
After being picked up at school by an officer in a police vehicle, Jacob was sworn in by Police Chief John Gauthier, and completed some forensic work at a (mock) crime scene. He received a tour of the Timmins Police Services building, and had lunch with some members of senior administration. He was also interviewed by members of the local media, a large part of being the Chief of Police.
“I learned a lot today,” said Jacob. “I didn’t know that officers use tape to get fingerprints, or that they use cotton swabs to get blood samples.”
He added that he may be interested in becoming a police officer one day.
“It’s just an idea I have right now, but maybe one day. I’d like to save and protect the city of Timmins and make it a better place.”
Congratulations Chief Goldstone, great job!