The Gaston County Police Department will hold its annual Citizens’ Police Academy for Youth from Monday, July 16, 2012 through Friday, July 20, 2012. Class sessions will be held at County Police Headquarters, 420 W. Franklin Blvd. Gastonia, NC.
The Gaston County Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy for Youth is designed to introduce students 12 through 15 years of age to the law enforcement profession and to provide them with first-hand information as to how the Gaston County Police Department functions. Students will learn about police operations, to include community policing, police patrol procedures, criminal investigations, crime scene and fingerprinting, special investigations, hazardous devices team, marine enforcement unit, community service, police K-9, and the emergency response team. Students will be given tours of the police department, communications division, the court system, and the county jail. Students will also be involved in hands on demonstrations to include simulated police vehicle stops, teen court, and participation in the Fatal Consequences D.W.I. program.
The Academy session will select fourteen students from applicants who will be selected based on three letters of reference from a teacher, a principal, and a guidance counselor.
Applications are available at County Police Headquarters 420 W. Franklin Blvd. Gastonia and at the Bessemer City Sub-Station at 132 W. Virginia Ave. Bessemer City. Applications are also available online through the department’s website at www.gastoncountypolice.org . The Gaston County Police Department is in its twelfth year of conducting the Citizens’ Police Academy for Youth.
For more information contact Sergeant Josh Hamlin at 704-866-3320.