The Oak Ridge Police Department will host the Junior Police Academy again this summer.
The Fifth Annual Junior Police Academy will be offered to 5th-12th grade students, including private school and home-schooled students. Students interested in learning more about the Oak Ridge Police Department and the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply. The academy is free to all eligible applicants.
The Junior Police Academy will be offered in three phases this year:
- Phase I: Basic Law Enforcement Awareness—will be held June 20-24 and is for first-year cadets only.
- Phase II: Intro to Forensic Investigations—will be held June 27-July 1 and is for second-year cadets only.
- Phase III: Emergency Response and Readiness—will be held July 18-22 and is for third-year cadets only.
All academy classes will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Roane State Community College, Oak Ridge Branch, in Goff Building, Room 215. Classes are limited to 15 students each. Additional students will be placed on a stand-by list. All cadets will be issued an academy T-shirt and a cadet handbook.
Presentations will be given by Oak Ridge police officers on K9 and SWAT operations, traffic enforcement, crime scene processing, and much more. A presentation about substance abuse awareness and education will be given by the Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention. Cadets will also visit and tour the University of Tennessee’s prestigious Law Enforcement Innovation Center, the Anderson County Detention Facility, the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter, and the Oak Ridge Police Department.
Interested students may pick up an application at the Oak Ridge Police Department Records Section at 200 South Tulane Avenue. Applications will also be available online at the City of Oak Ridge website and links provided on the ORPD Facebook page and the ORPD Twitter feed (@OakRidgePolice). Applications must be returned to the Oak Ridge Police Department Records Section or mailed to: ORPD Junior Police Academy, Attn: Officer Brandan Sharp, P.O. Box 1, Oak Ridge, TN, 37831-0001. All applications must be received or postmarked by June 1.
For more information, contact Officer Brandan Sharp at the Oak Ridge Police Department at (865) 556-6696.
See the application form here: JPA 2016 Application Form.
See the release form here: 2016 JPA Release Form.
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