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Ripon Junior Police Academy does felony car stop
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Ripon Police Sergeant Steve Merchant instructs Junior Police Academy students on the controls of the department’s powered parachute. The aviation unit came from the Department of Justice – one of three issued across the country. - photo by GLENN KAHL
RIPON - Ten young cadets in the Ripon Police Junior Police Academy ended their week being put through the paces of a high-risk felony car stop.

In the first of two weeks in the course, students have learned about patrolling the streets along with vehicle orientation and a tour of the police facilities.  Cadets were presented with a section on the operation of the airborne powered parachute and an orientation of department equipment.

The boys and girls were exposed to the rigors of traffic enforcement and assigned to ride-a-longs with a police officer.  There were also physical training regimens they had to perform as well as classroom drills and driving golf carts wearing DUI goggles demonstrating how drinking inhibits a driver’s ability.

Teens and drug use classroom presentations were also directed to the cadets and their every day school lives.   On Friday they were expected to be taught first aid and CPR and will receive CPR cards after being tested for competency.
They have also been taught the phonetic alphabet used in police transmissions.

On Monday they are being introduced to “Preventing School Violence” and introduction to crime prevention and crime prevention in the home.  On Tuesday there will be a presentation by a CHP officer and a firearms safety and shooting competition with pellet guns.

The interviewing of witnesses and the filling out of field interview cards is on tap for mid-week.

A guest speaker is scheduled also on Wednesday from the Department of Justice Crime Lab located to the west of the police department.  Next Thursday a demonstration is scheduled with apprehension K-9 police dogs followed by mock building searches.

Graduation ceremonies followed by a pizza party on Friday is rounding out the two-week junior academy.