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Youth Police Academy applications available

By Staff
From Staff
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Sheriff Grover W. Smith and Brewton Police Chief David Lovelace have announced that applications for the Youth Police Academy, Class No. 3, are not being accepted.
The Youth Police Academy is sponsored by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Brewton Police Department and Jefferson Davis Community College. The Academy is a five-day, four-night camp designed to give boys and girls ages 12-17 a brief glimpse into the field of law enforcement. Students will receive some of the same type of training that officers receive in the real Police Academy.
The Academy will be held on the campus of JDCC and will run from July 14-19. Students will stay in the Lakeview Apartments, which are owned by JDCC, with members of the Academy staff.
Students will receive training in several law enforcement topics, including firearm safety, officer safety techniques, crime scene investigations, latent fingerprint technology, illegal drug identification and abuse consequences, K-9 demonstrations, SWAT techniques, alcohol abuse prevention and many others.
Academy instructors are law enforcement officers from various agencies, including the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Brewton Police Department, Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama ABC Board, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force, Escambia County Domestic Violence Crime Unit, Alabama Department of Corrections and others.
This will be the third Youth Police Academy held by the sponsoring agencies. The first two classes were a huge success, and most of the graduates that attended the first Academy in 2001 returend for the second class held last summer.
There will be a limit of 30 students to the Academy, so a quick response is necessary to guarantee a place in the class.
The cost of the program is $175 per person. This fee covers the cost of lodging, food, training materials, Academy t-shirts, certificates, graduation banquet and other expenses.
A $75 deposit is required at the time the application is received. Applications must be turned in by May 1.
Applications can be picked up at the Escambia County Sheriff's Office in Brewton or can be mailed to applicants.
Contact Captain Chuck McMullen of the Sheriff's Office at 809-2151 or Officer Clair Sanborn of the Brewton Police Department at 867-3212 for an application package to be mailed to you.