Offering a program focused on the education of safety, fire and law enforcement, Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield recently announced that classes will begin for her department’s Youth Police Academy on Feb. 16.
The first session of the program will take place over the course of three consecutive Saturdays, ending on March 2 with a graduation ceremony. The program is free and open to youths between the ages 7 to 9.
“With a new year, the Sheriff’s Department is proud to provide children of Burlington County with another opportunity to participate in quality education on safety, fire and law enforcement subjects through our Youth Police Academy,” Stanfield said.
“Our Youth Police Academy introduces students to the field of law enforcement,” explained Stanfield. “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:
- Avoiding Abduction
- Fire Safety
- 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. Morning snacks are provided on each of the Saturday mornings as well.
“Just like the Police and Teens Together program, the Youth Police Academy provides an opportunity for youth and officers to connect and build stronger, positive relationships,” Stanfield said.
Those interested in attending should call the Sheriff’s Community Services Unit at 609-265-3788. The classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Human Services Building located at 795 Woodlane Road in Westampton.