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The Police Department is accepting applications from high school students 16 and older for a week-long Youth Citizens' Police Academy, to be held June 20-24.

The Youth Citizens' Police Academy is designed to provide young men and women an idea of the requirements and responsibilities of a career in law enforcement. The course includes information on police training and operations, community issues, safety, and support services inside the Police Department. Students will complete the program with a better understanding of how they can help make our community safer.

Topics will include bomb squad, canine, and defensive tactics demonstrations, criminal investigations, cyber crime, forensic services, gang prevention, response protocols, special enforcement team, and youth safety. Students will also tour the 911 communications center and the Public Safety Center.

All sessions are free and take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alexander R. Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center, 1200 N. Patterson Ave. Lunch will be provided.

Applicants must be Forsyth County residents, currently in high school (public, private or home schooled), and at least 16 years old by June 20, 2011. Students graduating this year are eligible to participate.

Applicants must also submit at least two letters of recommendation and completed recommendation forms from a teacher, advisor, guidance counselor, or other non-family member who is over 21. The application, recommendation form, and more information are available online at www.WSPD.org; by calling Sgt. J.M. Griffin at 773-7857; or by sending an e-mail to mgriffin@wspd.org. Applications and recommendations must be submitted by June 3.

Youth Citizens' Police Academy information 

 

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