ROUND ROCK-Youths this summer are getting a taste of police work at the Round Rock Police Department’s first annual Junior Police Academy Camp. The Departmentis in the second week of its Junior Police Academy (JPA) Camp for Round Rock residents. The Camp is designed to strengthen the connections between law enforcement and local youth giving them a chance to see what it’s like to be a police officer over their summer vacation.
The camp is free and is modeled after the police academies that adults attend to become sworn peace officers. Geared to kid’s ages 9 to 16 years old, the camp is conducted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the police department’s headquarters building in North Round Rock.
Junior Cadets participate in some of the same physical training that officers receive such as: competing in an obstacle course, marching, and repelling. Students also get a first-hand look inside Patrol and SWAT vehicles, K-9 units, and a police helicopter. The camp’s curriculum includes traffic safety, criminal investigations, alcohol and drug use, hand-cuffing, and self-defense.
Campers also take field trips to the Rock’N River Family Aquatic Center, Texas State Capitol, and the State Peace Officers Memorial. Students get the chance to speak to officials in other agencies such as the FBI, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), Sheriff’s Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety. At the end of the Camp, students participate in a graduation ceremony that acknowledges their endurance and hard work.
The Junior Police Academy is a nationwide program with a 20-year history of emphasizing community responsibility among our young citizens and public servants. “The program allows law enforcement officers the opportunity to engage with the youth as mentors and friends,” said Officer Dee Carver, who leads the group putting the camp on this summer. Though all camps are full this summer, the Department plans to provide this program annually through numerous sponsorships from local Round Rock businesses.
Editors: the remaining sessions of the program are scheduled as followed.
Session 1 June 23-27, Ages 9-10
Session 2 July 14-18, Ages 11-12
Session 3 July 21-25, Ages 13-14
Session 4 July 28- Aug. 1, Ages 15-16
Session 5 Aug. 4-8, Ages 9-10
For More Information Contact: Angelique Myers, MPA Public Information Specialist Office: 512-341-3168 Mobile: 512-470-4262 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ALLEN J. BANKS CHIEF OF POLICE TROY D. EVANS ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE