Two talented young artists from Delta schools will have the honour of being Delta Police Chiefs for Day early next year.
Stacy and Abigail, from Jarvis and Hawthorne Elementary Schools respectively, each participated in the DPD’s Holiday Greeting card design contest in partnership with the Delta School District.
Delta Police opened the contest to all Delta School District grade 5 students from November 01 – November 15, 2016. The criteria for the design contest was simple; using artistic imagination design a Holiday Greeting card with a police theme. The winner would not only be the 2017 Chief for a Day but would have their design selected to serve as the official DPD Holiday Greeting card.
After collecting all of the submissions, the selection committee met on November 21, 2016 to identify the winning design. The committee was comprised of Chief Dubbord, Inspector Varun Naidu and Delta School District Superintendent Doug Sheppard. The selection of a single winner proved to be most difficult for the selection committee.
“All of the participating students created their artwork on their own time and used a lot of imagination. The talent of everyone in this age group is outstanding making the decision to select only one winner impossible,” says Chief Dubbord. “So being the Chief, I decided to change the rules slightly. Instead of choosing one winning design we chose two. I was pleased to attend Jarvis and Hawthorne Elementary schools to meet and congratulate the winners personally. Together the two winners will be 2017 Chiefs for a day. I would like to extend my thanks to the Delta School District Superintendent for partnering with us and making this Greeting card contest possible.”
The ‘Chief for a Day’ is a new initiative in which we invite a young person to participate in the daily goings on of the Department. The Chief for a Day will commence with the swearing-in, issuing of a badge and uniform. There will be a full day of activities including, attending meetings; officer safety training; meeting Caber the trauma dog and more. Finally, the Chief for a Day will be taken to lunch by Chief Dubbord and returned back to the classroom for a talk with their class.
Adds Chief Dubbord, “Most importantly, to all the students that participated, thank you for taking the time and putting in the effort to submit your creative ideas. There were too many to choose from, so watch social media, you may see one of your designs featured on either my Twitter or Instagram posts during the month of December.”