ROCKINGHAM — Are your kids interested in learning more about the work that first responders do?
The Rockingham Police and Fire departments are teaming up again this year for the annual Junior Police and Fire Academy to be held June 17-20.
The Academy is a summer outreach program “designed to provide youth in our community a better understanding of law enforcement and fire safety,” according to an online flyer for the four-day camp.
“The Junior Police and Fire Academy consists of classroom instruction, as well as practical applications,” according to the webpage. “It is a hands-on learning experience with activities and instruction designed to give them a real sense of what police and fire department work entails. Students will be taught by police officers from the Investigative and Patrol Division and Firefighters.”
Scheduled events for this year include: patrol techniques; traffic safety; SWAT and drone operations; crime scene investigations; K-9 handling; fire safety; fire department operations;and a tour of the fire station.
Classes are held daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include lunch.
Applications will be available starting Friday and cadets may register online at gorockinghampd.com or by picking up an application at the Rockingham Police Department or Rockingham Fire Department.
Applicants must be 11-17 years old, residents of Richmond County and have no criminal record. Due to limited space, first-year applicants will be accepted first and remaining slots will be filled for returning cadets.
Parents must provide transportation to and from the Police Department. On the last day of the Academy, cadets will be picked up from Browder Park at 3 p.m.
For more information, call the police department at 910-895-2468 or fire department at 910-997-4002.