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Lathrop Police Services Junior Academy session

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POSTED June 5, 2012 7:05 p.m.

LATHROP – It isn’t everyday that a sixth-grader gets to execute a felony traffic stop.

But those that sign up for the Lathrop Police Services Junior Police Academy will get to do just that – and a whole lot more.

Fifth through eighth grade students in Lathrop with law enforcement aspirations will get their chance at a two-week, hands-on course giving them an inside look at everything from SWAT to fingerprinting.

Students that maintain at least a “C” average and have never had any criminal contact with Lathrop Police Services and are within the accepted grade level are eligible to sign up for the $20 course – which this year will be offered twice to allow for more students to participate.

Applications – which can be picked up at Lathrop Police Services, Lathrop City Hall and the Lathrop Community Center – are required for both two-week sessions. The application deadline for the first, which runs from Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 22, is today.

Both sessions are limited to the first 25 applicants – and as of Monday afternoon the first session was only half full.  

Deputy Matt Lindemann, who serves as the Community Resource Officer, will be one of the instructors for the course, as will Deputy Valerie Cardoza, who serves as Lathrop Police Services’ School Resource Officer. Deputy Jose Alemon, who works in the traffic division, will also take part in the sessions.

Lathrop Police Services has been offering the summer sessions for more than a decade in an attempt to not only educate the youth of the community, but also build bonds and bridge the gap between the youth and law enforcement.

Each two-week course will be broken up into individual subjects like introduction to criminal law, basic first aid, police traffic stops and fingerprinting and evidence collection. A SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) presentation will also be included as will a K9 demonstration.

The $20 fee includes an academy t-shirt, folder and a certificate of completion and will cover the cost of any field trips taken.

For more information contact Lathrop Police Services at (209) 858-5551. Applications can be picked up by stopping by the lobby at 15597 Seventh St.

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