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YPA applications can be picked up from Officer Hess.

YPA applications can be picked up from Officer Hess.

Annabel Lasher, Staff Writer

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Are you interested in the “behind the scenes” of being a police officer? If so, make sure to attend the five-day Youth Police Academy from June 3-7, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Fort Collins Police Services.

By attending, you will have a better understanding of law enforcement and what being a police officer is really like. The program will cover topics such as Crime Scene Investigation, evidence collecting, search and seizure, building searches, K-9 dogs, etc.

Any Poudre School District student in grades 9-12 are welcome to apply to YPA. Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Interest in law enforcement
  • Commitment to success
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Brief recommendation from school personnel
  • No serious criminal background

Applications are available in Officer Hess’ office. To apply, complete the application attached to the information pamphlet, receive a brief letter of recommendation and required signatures, and return it to the SROs by Friday, May 3, 2019.

By attending the program, students will obtain a true understanding of law enforcement in their community while also exploring potential career choices. Plus all participants receive a free t-shirt and water bottle.

Rocky’s own SROs will be in attendance at the YPA. “I love seeing the kids faces light up when they are doing something in my career field that they have never done before,” said Officer Hess.

“{YPA} It is interesting to see the participants learning what we really do behind the scenes.””

— Officer “Mike” Natalzia


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