Youth Academy encourages high school students to consider a career in policing

It’s a career like no other. From responding to calls for service as a frontline officer, investigating major crimes and working undercover to searching for missing persons, processing evidence and responding to critical incidents, every day is different and most importantly, has a positive impact on the community.

The 3rd Annual Youth Police Academy will give 19 area high school students, who expressed an interest in policing and applied to take part in the program, with an up close look at what it means to serve as a police officer.

On May 11, 2018  the students will spend the day with School Resource Officers and other members of LPS learning more about the work police officers do and the opportunities that are available that make a career in policing so unique and rewarding.

The itinerary includes a classroom component where students will learn about the powers of arrest, officer safety and use of force. They’ll also take a closer look at the Criminal Investigation Division, including an Ident demo, spend some time with members of the Traffic Response Unit, practice their handcuffing technique and see demonstrations by the K9 Unit, Tactical Team and observe firearms training.

LPS is committed to the development of programs and initiatives that help engage the city’s youth.