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CPD to host Junior Police Academy

CONYERS -- Young people with a budding interest in law enforcement are invited to get a closer look at what's involved in police work by participating in a free educational program offered by the Conyers Police Department.

The department's first Junior Police Academy, open to students ages 14 to 20, will take place July 16 to 20, culminating with a graduation ceremony and cookout on Saturday, July 21. Daily sessions will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Conyers Police Department training room, 1194 Scott St.

Junior Police Academy students will learn about the various divisions of the CPD, self-defense techniques and how to identify fingerprints in a mock crime scene. The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office will assist with a tour of the Rockdale County Jail, and the Georgia State Patrol will teach a session on teen traffic laws and alcohol awareness.

The Junior Police Academy is free but limited to the first 20 applicants. Students must be a resident of Rockdale County in order to participate.

"We have found that the law enforcement field is one that fascinates young people," said Chief Gene Wilson. "The knowledge they can soak up firsthand from our officers, Explorer Unit and graduates of the Citizens Police Academy who are volunteering for the Junior Police Academy may be the key to introducing them to a career in law enforcement."

Interested students should contact Sgt. Peggy Dunn at 678-374-5603 to request an application. The application deadline is July 10.

For more information, visit the CPD website at www.conyerspolice.com.