Nominations Being Accepted for Sheriff’s Youth Academy
Week-long Academy Gives Youth Insight to Career in Law Enforcement
(Harford County, Md) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting recommendations for candidates to attend the Sheriff’s Youth Academy. The Academy, which was begun by the Sheriff’s Office in 2000, conducts two sessions each summer. Sessions are five days long, involve overnight stays, and youth can choose which of the two sessions they would like to attend. 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. Even if the student attends a school outside of Harford County they are eligible to attend the academy. Students attending the academy are selected from grades 9 through 12. The course is designed to educate and expose each participant to the job function 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 yet interesting and students will be exposed to situations requiring maturity and responsibility. While the course is somewhat demanding instructors have set aside time for fun, too.
Students will 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 Response Team, and police K-9’s. Students may participate in physical training, the ROPES Self-Confidence Course, and F.A.T.S., a computer driver Firearms Training Simulator. Tours of the Sheriff’s Office and the Detention Center will be conducted. Meals and an evening out at Regal Cinemas are included in the Academy’s schedule. School rules and regulations apply at all times and there is no cost to the participant. Dates for this year’s academy are July 12-16, 2004 and august 9-13, 2004.
“Our high school students will evaluate a number of career options as they finish high school and move on to college,” said Sheriff R. Thomas Golding. “By exposing them to law enforcement through our Youth Academy they can begin to understand the individual qualities police departments look for when hiring a law enforcement candidate,” he added. “We also take note that these students are young adults who by learning what law enforcement is all about, can share with siblings, friends, and peers, the aspects of police work and the need for respecting our nation’s laws and the criminal justice system, Golding said. “This [Youth Academy] gives us the chance to give those young people with an interest in law enforcement the chance to see how it all works,” Sheriff Golding said. “If you want to be a police officer, this is a great start. If you choose not to be a police officer then we know that those students who have participated will have a greater understanding of our role in society”, the Sheriff said.
There is a $25.00 application/processing fee, which will be fully refundable to all applicants who attend. For more information or for an application call the Sheriff’s Office School Policing Unit at 410-638-3968 or log onto www.harfordsheriff.org and click on 2004 Sheriff’s Youth Academy to download applications and additional information.