The Glendale Police Department kicked off the first summer Teen Academy on June 22, 2016. The students were chosen from local schools within the Glendale community. The six week class will meet on Wednesday mornings from 8am – 12pm. Each student will earn a certificate of completion and community service hours for participating in the program.
The class is designed to increase the understanding of police operations and provide an avenue of communication between the police department and young adults. Instructors will encourage students to ask questions and express their concerns about pertinent issues. Students will learn from department experts about the SWAT team, detective bureau, communications bureau, duties of a patrol officer, traffic laws, driving under the influence, and Glendale Police Department youth programs.
“After the incredible success and positive community feedback from our new Community Academy early in the year, I wanted to create a Teen Academy to specifically interact with the youth of our community and build stronger lines of open communication and understanding between employees of the Glendale Police Department and the youth of Glendale,” said Chief Robert Castro. “After just the first class, it was evident to me that the teen participants were excited and eager to participate in this new outreach program. The youth are our future and I believe we must invest all we can to help them be successful.”
The students will participate in practical demonstrations and they will also have the exciting opportunity to accompany an officer on a ride-a-along after they successfully complete the academy.