Burlington County Sheriff Anthony Basantis announced the
next round of classes for his department’s Youth Police Academy. The first
session of the program, which provides an opportunity for youth and officers to
connect and build stronger, positive relationships, will take place on
Saturday, March 14th. Classes are scheduled over the course of three
consecutive Saturdays, ending on March 28th, 2020 with a graduation ceremony.
The program is free and open to children ages 10 – 12 years-old.
“It’s a great opportunity for our community’s youth to participate
in a quality education on safety, and law enforcement subjects.” said Sheriff
The Police Youth Academy introduces students to the field
of law enforcement. Participants will familiarize themselves with the
teamwork involved in effective law enforcement, how to apply the skills they
learn from the course and help make their communities safer.”
The program, which focuses on
safety issues important to youth, is free and covers topics such as:
- Internet Safety
- Central Communications Presentation
- Peer Pressure/Bullying
- Gun Safety
- Police Canine (K9)
- Emergency Vehicles
- SWAT Demonstration
Participants will also be able to get behind
the wheel of pedal carts while wearing Fatal Vision goggles. The goggles mimic
the effects that drugs and alcohol have on hand-eye coordination and let the
wearer experience first-hand the dangers of impaired driving.
Those interested in attending should call Amber Barcliff at 609-265-3788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Emergency Services Training
Center located at 53 Academy Drive in Westampton. Morning snacks are provided
on each of the Saturday mornings.