Sheriff Seeking Nominations for Youth Academy

Week-long Academy Gives Youth Insight to Career in Law Enforcement

(Bel Air, Md. - - March 13, 2006) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting nominations for candidates to attend the Sheriff’s Youth Academy. The Academy, started by the Sheriff’s Office in 2000, conducts two sessions each summer. The 2006 Sheriff’s Youth Academy will be held June 26 – 30 and August 7 – 11, 2006. Sessions are five days long and involve overnight stays. There are 24 seats available in each session. Students have the option of registering for the session of their choice.

The program is an extension of the Sheriff’s School Policing Program and is open to public, private, parochial, and home-schooled students who live in Harford County. If a student attends a school outside of Harford County they are eligible to attend the academy. Students who wish to attend the academy are selected from grades 9 through 12.

The course is designed to educate and expose each participant to the duties, responsibilities and atmosphere of a law enforcement officer. The curriculum is intense and information is not for entertainment but rather to assist the student in making a serious career choice. The itinerary is structured to expose students to situations requiring maturity and responsibility. Although the course is somewhat demanding, instructors have set aside time for fun too.

Students participate in a number of educational activities including classroom instruction and practical applications of criminal investigations, narcotic identification and investigation, traffic enforcement, evidence collection, firearms safety, and patrol duties. Students will observe demonstrations by the SCUBA team, the Sheriff’s Special Response Team, and police K-9. Students may participate in physical training, the ROPES self-confidence course, and F.A.T.S., a computer firearms training simulator.

During the weeklong sessions, tours of the Sheriff’s Office and Harford County Detention Center will be conducted. Meals and an evening at Regal Cinemas are also included in the Academy’s schedule. School rules and regulations apply at all times. The cost for each one-week session is $25 per student and is refundable.

Commenting on the opportunities provided by the Sheriff’s Youth Academy, Sheriff R. Thomas Golding stated, “This educational experience will provide students with a greater understanding and appreciation for law enforcement. For those who may have an interest in a career as a police officer the academy will help them make a more informed decision.”

For more information or for an application call the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, School Policing Unit at 410-638-3968 or visit the Harford County Sheriff’s Office website at

Press Release

March 13, 2006