Valdosta Police Department to host youth police academies

Valdosta Police Department to host youth police academies

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Valdosta Police Department is welcoming some fresh faces into the police force this summer with two Citizens Police Academies planned for July.

The YOUTH Citizens Police Academy will host students ages 11 to 13 from July 9-13, and the JUNIOR Citizens Police Academy will host students ages 14 to 17 from July 16-20.

The week-long program allows students to meet officers, go on ride-a-longs, tour a crime lab, and more. Students in the program will also tour Valdosta State Prison. Their week on the force will end with a trip to Wild Adventures Theme Park.

"These summer programs are designed to reach our youth and to help keep them out of trouble on summer break," said the department in a press release.

There is no cost for the program, but an application is required. You can contact Captain Kari Williams or Officer Randall Hancock via email for an application or pick up a physical copy at the Valdosta Police Department.

Applications are due by June 11.

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