APD to debut Junior Police Academy in late March

Press release from Asheville Police Department:

The Asheville Police Department (APD) is excited to announce the first offering of a Junior Police Academy. This new program is designed for youth ages 14-19 who have a serious interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Topics will include criminal law, investigations, narcotics, patrol/arrest techniques, and physical training. All classes are designed to incorporate both an academic and hands-on setting.

The Junior Police Academy will be offered at no cost to the participants. The Academy begins on March 30, 2020 and will end on April 11, 2020. Classes will be held at the Municipal Building in downtown Asheville (100 Court Plaza) on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5:00-8:00 p.m., and two Saturdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Successful completion of the Junior Police Academy is a requirement for participating in the Asheville Police Department’s Explorer program.

There is limited space available for participants. The first 15 approved applicants will be accepted. Applicants who live within the city limits of Asheville will have priority selection. Applicant requirements include:
-GPA of 2.0 or higher
-Must pass a criminal background check
-Must provide at least three references and have parent/guardian approval
-Must have a full physical completed by a physician

The deadline for applications will be March 6, 2020. Applications can be downloaded by visiting: https://drive.google.com/file/d/195gus8-bJr8MIhQyMGan2ku08pS63sWR/view. For more information please contact Officer Ryan Justus at rjustus@ashevillenc.gov or 828-230-3827.

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