Mauldin’s 12th Annual Boys’ Police Youth Academy has ended, with cadets graduating on the morning of Friday, July 19. The graduation ceremony took place in the courtroom at City Hall at 10:00 a.m., with parents and families of the 18 cadets in attendance. The graduation was followed by a short reception in the lobby to celebrate the boys’ accomplishment of completing the two-week Academy. The Girls’ Police Youth Academy will begin on July 29th.
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 gives 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 also had the opportunity to learn crime scene investigation techniques and worked their own crime scenes.
The Academy also includes a day with the Mauldin Fire Department where Cadets 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. Cadets enjoy several field trips during their time at 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.