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Manteca Police Junior Academy graduates cadets
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Cadet Chris Marlow pictured with Chief David Bricker was excited to have won the “Chief’s Award” at the Junior Police Academy graduation Friday morning. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin
Graduating Manteca Junior Police Academy cadets began their ceremonies Friday morning with a full inspection by officers and Police Chief Dave Bricker.

They marched into the Boys and Girls Club gymnasium before an audience of friends and family members – 17 strong – 15 boys and two girls. Joshua Gonzalez served as the lieutenant for the two-week academy class.

Cadet Elizabeth Morowit spoke before the group saying she was thankful to be able to participate in the summer police classes and felt fortunate to have “great instructors” specializing in different areas of training.

“I especially want to thank Officer Smith for being such a terrific role model for young ladies interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.  I would like to be as confident and capable an officer like her one day,” she said.

Morowit said the program has been a great experience for her and it has given her the opportunity to see what it is like to work as a police officer.

“My favorite part of the program was when we were trained to do building searches.  It was interesting and exciting.  I am looking forward to coming back next year and eventually working as a Police Explorer,” she added.

Cadet Nugyen said the first day of the academy was the most difficult because of the mental and physical training.

“I actually had no love for cops but then I learned and experienced the danger they risk daily, I now have respect for them.  The police academy was a fun learning experience. Thank you,” he said.

Cody Smith – winner of the tactical award – doubled as a cheer leader in the front row of the seated cadets giving thumbs up to others who were singled out for awards along with his joining in with the applause.

Chris Marlow drew the chief’s award as being the most well rounded cadet in the program.  Marlow, 14, has already filled out his application to join the Manteca Police Explorers program.

The Junior Crime Scene Investigative Academy (CSI) is set for August 2 at the Boys & Girls Club in Manteca and will be limited to 30 individuals between the fourth and sixth grades with a cost of $25 for club members and $13 for members.

The class will cover police orientation, dispatch, gangs/drugs, K-9, Swat/bomb squad, finger printing, digital photography, evidence collection, crime scene processing, chain of evidence, a field trip, media, a judge lecture and evidence procedures.

Those wishing to apply for the CSI Adademy are urged to contact John Scharf by 3 p.m. July 21, at 239-5437.  The classes will run from 8 a.m. until noon Monday through Friday.