Students of the 2021 Junior Police Academy share their most memorable experiences.
Officer Gary Owens of the Community Services Unit served as instructor. The Communications Center staff and officers from the Crime Scene ID Unit, Traffic Safety Unit, Mounted Unit, K-9 Unit and Internal Affairs Unit assisted to give the students an up close and personal look into law enforcement. Junior Police Academy is a summer program for kids ages 9 to 12 years of age. It was held July 12 -16, 2021.
"I loved the horses and kanine units. And, I am really happy that I got this experience. It was really interesting learning about it. I loved the court and having lunch at Bienville Square." - Beckett Buckridge
"We learned how to do a traffic stop. We did it on the cadets. It was fun!" - Emilee Peyton
"We learned how to do traffic stops and how crimes are solved. I enjoyed solving a mock crime scene. We got to visit the Mobile County Communications District (MCCD). We got to see the K-9 and mounted unit and ride in cop cars." - Preston J. Blanchard
"We did P.T. We learned about different units and their job. We also learned how to do traffic stops as well." - Liam Goff
"This week, I learned about 9-1-1 calls to traffic stops and all sorts of different units. My favorite unit was the Mobile K-9 Unit, but all of them are important. I have really enjoed this Jr. Police Academy." - Emilie Beach
"I learned to never give up. I learned how to do traffic stops. I also learned to work as a team." - Amber Rose
"What I learned during the Junior Police Academy was how to do traffic stops and how to train like a police officer. We also went to court. - Jaelyn Tyler
"A thing that I learned was work hard and to never give up." - Tristan Heathco
"I learned to be a good cop and how to search people. I learned the correct way to do a traffic stop too. We learned about K-9 and police horses." - Jumorin Nettles
"Here at Junior Police Academy, I learned about what police officers do on a daily basis, which I thought was real fun. My favorite part was the K-9 Unit. I really enjoyed it here. My name is now Junior Officer Baggett." - Parker Baggett
"Monday I learned how the 911 calls station has different sections and how they help in so many different ways. Tuesday we learned how officers approach cars for traffic violations. Then later firefighters came and showed us fire safety. Wednesday CSI came and taught us about what they do. They do a variety of things and we were able to be on TV. On Thursday, we were able to go to the courthouse. Then the polygraph examiner was able to come and teach us about what they do. On Friday, we went to the barn were there police animals are held. We got to see their daily lives. Then the K-9 Unit came out and showed up what they do and the dog." - Sara Congleton