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Posted on: August 11, 2023

Mount Vernon Youth Police Academy Kicks Off


The Youth Police Academy kicked off this week, setting the stage for a wonderful program for its 17 eager participants, aged 7 to 16. This program promises a blend of education, engagement, and unforgettable moments, as young minds step into the world of policing. 

 The opening week was all about orientation. With a diverse array of activities, the participants became acquainted with the various staff and departments that constitute the Police Department. Understanding the inner workings of the force is a crucial foundation for their learning journey. 

However, it wasn't all about classroom sessions. The participants took to the streets with a commitment to community service. Parks in our city received a facelift as the young cadets meticulously cleared litter, showing their dedication to maintaining the beauty of their surroundings. Their visit to the Fire Department further instilled a sense of duty and service, fostering a holistic understanding of public safety. 

Recognizing the importance of fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, the academy organized visits to local businesses. Engaging with the minds behind successful ventures like Buttafly and HCK Prints exposed the cadets to entrepreneurship, encouraging them to dream big. 

While education and growth were at the forefront, the academy ensured a balance of fun and bonding. From pizza parties to ice cream treats, the participants relished these moments of camaraderie. The cadets also learned to line up in formations, preparing for the upcoming graduation in just two weeks. 

 Over the coming weeks, these young cadets will continue to immerse themselves in various experiences that hopefully help shape their futures. From learning about law enforcement procedures to exploring different facets of public service, this summer promises growth, fun, and the kindling of aspirations. The Youth Police Academy isn't just an initiative; it's a stepping stone toward brighter horizons for these aspiring young minds. 

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