The Third Annual Junior Police Academy is being offered again by the Oak Ridge Police Department.
This year, the ORPD will offer two separate academies. The Junior Class is designed specifically for middle school students, and it’s scheduled from July 14-18. All Oak Ridge middle school students and rising fifth graders may attend. The Senior Class is designed for high school students, and it’s scheduled from July 21-25. All Oak Ridge High School students and rising ninth graders may attend.
Cadets will be given presentations by several Oak Ridge Police Department officers on topics that include K9 and SWAT operations, traffic stops, and much more. Cadets will also visit the prestigious Law Enforcement Innovation Center, Anderson County Detention Facility, and Oak Ridge Police Department, and they will be given a presentation by the Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention in reference to substance abuse through awareness, and education.
The academy classes will meet Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Roane State Community College, at the Oak Ridge Branch. Private school and home-schooled students are welcome as well.
The cost for the academy is free to all eligible applicants. All cadets will be issued T-shirt and a cadet handbook.
Those wanting to participate can pick up an application at the Oak Ridge Police Station (Records Division). All applications and liability release forms must be submitted (or postmarked) by July 1 to be considered. Applications and liability release forms should be delivered to the Records Division or mailed to: Junior Police Academy, Attn: Officer Brandan Sharp, PO Box 1, Oak Ridge, TN 37831. If there any questions, contact Officer Sharp at (865) 556-6696.
There are 15 spaces are available in each of the two classes. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first- served basis. An additional five students will be placed on a stand-by list in the event that cadets drop out prior to the start of the academy.
Printable versions of the Junior Police Academy release form and application can be found at www.oakridgetn.gov.