Mauldin’s 12th Annual Police Youth Academy starts on July 8th, with a full class of 25 participants joining the Boys’ Academy this year. The Boys’ Academy will take place from July 8th to July 19th at the Mauldin Police Department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. The Girls’ Academy will take place beginning at the end of July, with some space still available for new cadets; those interested can contact the Mauldin Police Department.
The Academies are conducted in a military fashion, with the goal of promoting good citizenship through education and law enforcement experience. Cadets participate in physical training each day, and each division of the Mauldin Police Department will give instruction and equipment demonstrations to the cadets. This includes the MPD K-9 program, Tactical Warrant Team, Traffic Enforcement Team, Detective Division, and the dispatch center. The Cadets will have an opportunity to learn crime scene investigation techniques and have a chance to work their own crime scenes.
The Academy will also include a day with the Mauldin Fire Department where Cadets will learn CPR, physical agility standards & First Aid skills. The Cadets are required to maintain journals describing not only their daily activities but will broach topics in current events and law enforcement. Several field trips are planned throughout the Academy as well.
Those interested in future educational opportunities with the Mauldin Police Department can contact the Department at (864) 289-8900 or visit mauldinpolice.com.