NORTH ROCKLAND, N.Y. -- After 11 weeks of training, 29 proud students graduated from the 2016 fall session of the North Rockland Youth Police Academy.
The academy is a collaborative effort of the Town Stony Point Police Department and the Town of Haverstraw Police Department. Its purpose is to expose local high school students, ages 14 through 18, who might be interested in a law enforcement career, to what it takes to become a police officer, said Detective Andrew Kryger.
Started seven years ago, the program has been so successful it has a long waiting list for its two sessions a year, he added.
"The academy really exposes the students to what's it like to be a police officer, the rewards as well as the stress," Kryger said. "It also shows them that we are human, fathers and mothers and care about our community. They learn that we aren't out to get someone, we are preforming a service to protect the public."
During the academy, instructors, who are police officers selected for their expertise in various fields, offer the students a perspective of the law enforcement and emergency services profession, the opportunity to experience some of the training that a law enforcement officer receives and gives them an inside look at the operations of a police department.
Topics such as; emergency first aid, defensive tactics, vehicle and traffic stops, and court room testimony are covered, Kryger added.
"We look for students who are committed to learning about a career in law enforcement," he said.
Contact the Stony Point Police Youth Bureau for information about the Spring 2017 session at 845-786-2242.
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