Teens Invited To Learn About Law Enforcement

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The Payson Police Department and American Legion are issuing interested teenagers invitations to participate in an upcoming career academy.

"We want those that someday might want to go into law enforcement," PPD Commander Don Engler said.

Invitations issued are to the James Kirk Law Enforcement Career Academy to be held July 10 to July 17 at Camp Navajo near Flagstaff. The camp is open to anyone 16 to 19.

The fee is $135 per cadet, but in many situations the fee can be covered by American Legion Posts, their auxiliary units and the Sons of the American Legion.

According to Engler, local police are also "looking into several sources for possible scholarship money."

At the academy, teens will participate in a law enforcement training program administered by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

In addition to teaching the basics of law enforcement, camp curriculum will include the physical conditioning training that goes along with being an officer.

During the camp, each cadet will be provided a uniform of shirt, trousers, belt, cap and T-shirt. Prior to the first day, cadets will receive a "Call to Report" that will include a list of other items that will be needed for the stay.

American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy State Director Frank Whitten promises the camp will be a "educationally and physically challenging week" in which cadets will learn basic skills of Arizona law officers.

At the conclusion of the camp, successful cadets will participate in a graduation ceremony, which parents, family and friends are invited to attend.

Although a Rim country teen has never attended the camp, Engler is hoping some will show interest this summer.

"We've had a couple of packets picked up and that's encouraging," he said.

Applications for the camp are available at the Payson Police Department or by calling Whitten at (623) 872-0866.

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