This week we concluded the second, and final, Teen Police Academy of the summer. Both installments were extremely successful. Led by our Community Services Section and Sgt. Mike Harms and Officer Joe Hernandez, the Teen Academy provides a day-in-the-life perspective for teens of an officer's job. Approximately 20 local students participated in each Academy and in a hands-on learning environment they were given the opportunity to learn about everything from crime scene investigation to traffic stops.
The program focuses on positive decision making as well as the physical fitness necessary to be a law enforcement officer. Other than a positive experience that teens can take with them maybe we'll find that the Academy helped us recruit a future SCPD officer!
Click on the links to take a look at the online articles written about our recent Teen Police Academy by Santa Cruz Patch editor Brad Kava and Santa Cruz Sentinel reporter Evan Morris.