On Wednesday April 27th, the department concluded its first Youth Police Academy. The Academy met every Wednesday night during the month of April for a total of four sessions with each session lasting about two and a half hours.
The Academy gave students the opportunity to learn from experienced officers in a hands-on environment and addressed many different aspects of law enforcement.
Some of the topics discussed included reaction time, officer safety, use of force, handcuffing techniques, crime scene processing, traffic stops, and lifting and reading fingerprints. On the final day of the class, students had the opportunity to test everything that they had learned by conducing scenario-based training.
We were very pleased with the young men involved in the program and their willingness to apply themselves; we are currently discussing plans for similar programs in the future.