(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department is asking 8th grade through 12th grade school students interested in law enforcement to consider participating in the upcoming Youth Academy. Assistant Police Chief Justin Daale says the
program will introduce various aspects of a police officer duties to the participants. Daale says the program will consist of a six-hour course.
Daale says students from both Le Mars Community and Gehlen Catholic are welcome to participate in the Youth Academy. Students will need to fill out an application, as well as complete a short essay. He says the program is modeled after the Citizens Academy that has been offered twice to adults within the community.
The Assistant Police Chief says a portion of the program will involve the students detecting when someone is under the influence.
Applications can be obtained at the Le Mars Police Department, with the deadline to enter set for February 19th. Daale says the course is free. He says the course will consist of “hands-on” projects, and Daale says the program will help students have a better understanding of what is involved with being a police officer. He says the Youth Academy will allow the
officers a better opportunity to get to know the students.