The Round Rock Police Department announced their Summer 2017 Junior Police Academy classes this week.
Open enrollment for Junior Police Academy starts February 27Round Rock’s youth get a real taste of police work during the Round Rock Police Department’s Junior Police Academy (JPA). The camp is designed to strengthen the connections between law enforcement and local youth giving them a chance to see what it’s like to be a police officer over their summer vacation. Applications will be accepted online via the City of Round Rock website beginning February 27. Priority is given to first-time participants.Geared to kids from 8 to 16 years old, the camp is conducted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday thru Thursday and 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday at the police department. School Resource Officers lead the JPA which is free and open to all Round Rock residents, and students who attend school in Round Rock.The academy’s curriculum includes traffic safety, criminal investigations, alcohol and drug use, hand-cuffing, and self-defense. Students also get a first-hand look inside Patrol and SWAT vehicles, K-9 units, and a police helicopter. Field trips are also taken throughout the Central Texas area. A graduation ceremony at the end of the week acknowledges their endurance and hard work.