The Fourth Annual Junior Police Academy is being offered again by the Oak Ridge Police Department.
This year, the ORPD will offer one academy for the Junior Class, designed specifically for middle and high school students from June 22-26. Registration is also open to rising fifth-graders to middle school. The ORPD is also offering a Senior Class for former JPA graduates only. The Senior Class offers advanced training and activities. The Senior Class is scheduled from July 6-10.
JPA 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, a press release said. 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 in Oak Ridge. Private school and home-schooled students are welcome as well. The cost for the academy is free to all eligible applicants. All JPA cadets are provided a bag lunch throughout the academy. All JPA 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) and at www.oakridgetn.gov. All applications and liability release forms must be submitted (or postmarked) by June 12 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. This year’s Junior Police Academy program is sponsored by Energy Solutions Inc.