The Dothan Police Department Junior Police Academy is a two week intensive training program intended to expose youth between the ages of 12- and 17-years-old the inner workings of the police department. The program helps build positive relationships between children and police officers and helps youth who are considering a career in law enforcement make better choices about their interest.
The program is designed to engage the children in real-world scenarios and instruction on the different roles a police officer takes in the community. It also allows them to see how the police department fulfills its mission every day without the glitz and glamour provided by Hollywood movie stars and special effects.
The program accepts a limited number of applicants and operates during the summer months when youth are not in school. It is conducted free of charge by the Community Service Division of the police department. In the first session of the academy, cadets explored the following:
- Criminal patrol
- Tools used by police officers
- Traffic accident investigation
- Traffic law enforcement
- Physical training
- Criminal investigations
- Report writing
- Legal issues & US Constitution
The program application is available from the Student Resource Officers in Dothan City Schools, at the front desk of the police department. In order to be eligible the participant must be age 12 or older no later than June 1 and must have a completed application turned in by a parent or guardian.