The Tupelo Police Department will host the Junior Police Academy this June, giving students ages 14 to 17 an opportunity to learn what it takes to become a police officer.
“The Junior Police Academy is a program designed for young people to get a taste of how it is to go through the law enforcement training,” said Tupelo Police Corp. John Bramble. “We try to give them a taste of everything from regular patrol activities all the way up to special operation details, narcotics and things like that.”
The academy is a two-week program, starting June 2 and running through June 14, with a break for the weekend.
“We’ll learn how to perform a traffic stop all the way to crime scene investigations,” Bramble said. “It gives them a little of what we go through. Sometimes we’ll do fun stuff, too. We like to partner with the fire department and maybe spend a day with them or take a trip to the jail or Parchman.”
Registration for the Junior Police Academy is going on now and applications can be picked up at Tupelo High School, Tupelo Middle School or the Tupelo Police station.
“It’s a hands-on, very disciplined but fun program,” Bramble said. “Everyone who goes through it really enjoys it.”
The Tupelo Police Department puts on the academy at no charge to the participants.