COLUMBIA — Any Columbia teenagers who are interested in experience with real-world law enforcement officers can apply to this year’s Columbia Police Department’s Youth Academy.
The summer academy is scheduled for July 19-23, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day and is open for students in grades 8-12.
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Juvenile Unit
- Domestic Violence Unit
- Detective Unit
- SWAT Team
- K-9 Unit
The Academy will be held mostly at the department’s armory and there are plans to visit various public safety departments including Boone County Jail, the county court house and fire departments.
“They learn the truths about law enforcement as opposed to what they see on television.” said Jessica Haden, Public Information Officer of the Columbia Police Department.
The department also expects students to become more aware of law enforcement officers' duties and share positive interactions with the officers, Haden said.
The application is available at the Columbia Police Department website. There is no deadline, but Haden encourages people to apply before the end of June.