This past Saturday, November 4th, the last Dallas Police Department Junior Police Academy Class of 2017 was held at the Department’s Basic Training Academy. This unique program offers youth in 4th – 7th grade to have a behind the scenes look at what it takes to be a Dallas Police Officer.
There were 73 eager youth participating in this past weekend’s Junior Police Academy Basic Class and they were able to meet officers from several DPD units including SWAT, 911 Communications, Crime Scene, and the K9 Unit which is always a favorite for the kids to see in action. Attention grabbing demonstrations were conducted by the Dallas Fire Department, the DPD Motorcycle Units, and the young attendees were even able to see the DPD Explorers conduct a traffic stop. As much as the day is fun, there’s hard-work involved as attendees completed an obstacle course, team-building exercises, and learned to conduct fingerprinting analyses.
This amazing program is coordinated by Sergeant Wanda West in the Youth Outreach Unit and she was assisted by over 30 volunteers who represented our DPD volunteers, JPMorgan Chase community partner, and several DPD Active Duty and Reserve Officers.
As we look forward to planning our 2018 Junior Police Academy schedule please visit our website at http://www.dallasjpa.org/ to learn more about the program.