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Academy offers law enforcement training

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From Staff Reports

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Rocky Mount Police Department is set to hold its 18th annual Junior Police Academy next week.

Police will provide practical teaching and training sessions during the academy. Two sessions are scheduled, one for Monday through Friday and one for July 23-27. Each session’s day will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants will learn about various law enforcement issues including domestic violence, drunken driving, collecting evidence, physical fitness and more, according to a news release issued by Jessie Nunery, the city's media relations specialist.

The a Junior Police Academy is open to boys and girls ages 13-18, and the cost of the weeklong camp is $35. There are 20 spots available for each session, said Yvette Jones, the community services supervisor for the Rocky Mount Police Department.

“We try to make it fun but also make it a learning experience,” Jones said. “The participants will always learn something and then do something hands-on while there.”

Jones said there will be a physical fitness competition, a traffic obstacle course and mock crime scene investigation scenarios. Participants also will have the chance to role play with the hopes of diffusing or resolving domestic violence situations.

Awards will be given to the winners of each competition.

Academy participants also will visit jail facilities in Nash and Edgecombe counties.

The goal of the camp is to allow participants to learn about law enforcement procedures and spend time with the officers who carry out those duties within the confines of a fun environment, Jones said.

For more information on the Junior Police Academy or to complete an application, call 252-972-1436.

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