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Law enforcement wanna be? Junior police academy gives teens a sneak peek

Becky Campbell • May 20, 2018 at 7:27 PM

Teenagers interested in learning more about a law enforcement career, or the industry in general, can apply for the Johnson City Police Department’s week-long Junior Police Academy scheduled this summer.

The department is currently taking applications from teens 14 to 18 years old.

“The program will focus on youth and young adults who have an interest in the law enforcement profession,” said Master Police Officer Jaeda Burkey. “It has been designed to take the mystery out of police procedures and policies while informing and educating the cadets involved toward police officers and their role in society. The cadets will attend a 40-hour course climaxing in a team-oriented competition that involves skills, knowledge, and abilities they have learned through interesting and knowledgeable instruction.”

During the week, junior police “cadets” will experience many of the same training events held at a real-life police academy. The training won’t be as comprehensive or demanding, but the students will learn the same basic skills. Burkey said the academy will also hopefully spur interest in the department’s Explorer Program. The group will also have a team-oriented competition at the end of the week that will involve what they’ve learned and new skills they develop.

“The Junior Police Academy is a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity for a hands-on learning experience for young people in topics such as crime scene investigations, traffic stops, DUI enforcement, police use-of-force, teen driving education, and earning their CPR/First Aid certification as well as learning about the Explorer Program,” Burkey said.

Anyone interested in participating in this academy can contact Burkey through the JCPD Records Division at (423) 434-6125, Glenda Aschenback at (423) 434-6122, or pick-up an application at the police department. The deadline for applications is July 2, 2018, and each class is limited to 25 students.

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