By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Teens interested in a future in law enforcement or public service can get their toes wet this summer with the Tupelo Police Department’s Junior Police Academy.
The academy will take teens, ages 14-17, on a speed course through law enforcement training, letting them see what a week in the life of an officer looks like.
“A lot of people think we just write tickets,” said Tupelo Police Officer Jon Bramble. “No, we go to court, we work in the crime lab, we work with all the different departments, and they’ll get to see that.”
Bramble said the camp is structured and strict but they will make sure it is fun too.
“They’ll do physical training and everything we go through at the academy, just a shorter version,” Bramble said. “But we’ll be doing fun stuff, too.”
The camp will be June 17-29 and the junior cadets will stay at the North Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center barracks.
“For youth who want to go into law enforcement, this gives them a taste of some of the training we go through,” Bramble said.
The deadline to register is May 18. Space is limited to 25 cadets.
Applications may be picked up at Tupelo High School, the Tupelo Police Station, or by emailing TPDJrPoliceAcademy@gmail.com.