The Gaston County Police Department conducted its annual Citizens’ Police Academy for Youth this week. Class sessions were held from 9am to 3pm from Monday, July 16, 2012 through Friday, July 20, 2012.
During this week long program ten students, ages 12 through 15, were provided with first-hand information on police operations, to include community policing, police patrol procedures, criminal investigations, crime scene and fingerprinting, special investigations, the hazardous devices team, marine enforcement unit, community service, police K-9, and the emergency response team. The students were given tours of the police department, 911 Communications Center, Animal Control, the court system, and the county jail. Students also participated in hands on demonstrations that included simulated police vehicle stops, the Fatal Consequences D.W.I. program, as serving as participants in Teen Court.
At the conclusion of the program on Friday, a graduation ceremony and a reception for students and parents was held at Gaston County Police headquarters.
Graduates of this year’s CPA for Youth are: Aniyah Curry, Xavier Curry, Daireon V. Duff, Isaiah M. Duff, Kenneth W. Hudson, Samantha “Lily” Lastinger, Michael Mullis, Alex Prachar, Serenia Stewart, and Jasmine Wilson.
For more information contact Captain W.S. Melton, Jr. at 704-747-1508.