Area High School Students Taking Part in Lethbridge Police Youth Academy

The students checking out a demonstration at the Lethbridge Police Station on Thursday

The 5th Annual Youth Police Academy is giving 20 local high school students an up close look at what it means to serve as a police officer.

The Lethbridge Police Service holding its 5th annual Youth Police Academy.

A total of 20 local high school students, who've expressed an interest in policing, applied to take part in the program.

School Resource Officer, Constable Mike Darby says this is a great recruiting tool for the LPS. "Part of the application process is you have to write a paragraph why you want to attend. A majority of the kids (who applied) actually have an interest in policing as a potential career once they finish high school. Some of them are already enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program in Lethbridge."

The Grade 11 and 12 students are getting a tour of the police station as well as seeing demonstrations from the Criminal Investigation Section, K9 team, and watch firearms training. They will also learn about the powers of arrest and use of force as well practicing handcuffing techniques.

The academy will also include an actual "scenario day" up in Calgary.

Darby says the one of the past students who attended this academy is currently a cadet in training to become a Lethbridge Police officer while two others from last year's academy are in the Criminal Justice Program at the College right now and going on ride-alongs with the LPS in the hopes of being hired once they're done their schooling.

Cst. Mike Darby: 

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