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Brooke Turnbull, 18, will travel to the RCMP Academy Aug. 11 for one week to learn what being an RCMP officer is all about.

 "We are having a week-long camp of basically what it’s like to be in the training facility and (how to) become an RCMP officer," said Turnbull. "We’ll be doing drill tactics, car simulation, we’ll be in a classroom. We’ll be eating there, and sleeping there, so basically the real life of what it’s like to be an RCMP officer."

Turnbull, a St. Norbert Collegiate graduate, is one of 32 students across the prairie provinces and two territories going to the camp. She has met the other eight Winnipeg youth heading to the camp and said it should be a good group.

"I’m pursuing a career as an officer, so I’m 18 now so I can apply, but I can’t be sent to the actual camp till I’m 19," said Turnbull. "But this will be a good intro to what it’s like and see if I can make it or not."

Turnbull has wanted to be an RCMP officer for three years.

"Just looking into it, it’s a fantastic career," said Turnbull. "Never a dull moment, there’s always a new adventure every single day, you get to face new obstacles, see all over Canada, there’s just different opportunities in the force itself."

Between being a highly competitive fast pitch player who has played on Team Manitoba and running the Manitoba half-marathon every year, Turnbull is not worried about the physical side of the training.

She’s worried about being yelled at. 

"I think the drill sergeant will make me a little nervous, but it’s something you’ve got to experience," said Turnbull. "Just hearing stories from the all the other cadets that went last year I think it will be a very exciting and fun experience."

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