The St. Helens Police Department will host a one-day youth academy for teens 16-19 interested in learning more about a career in law enforcement.

The youth academy is scheduled for Saturday, July 27 at St. Helens High School, 2375 Gable Road in St. Helens.

The day will include a basic overview of law enforcement topics with a chance for attendees to put their classroom knowledge to the test with hands-on demonstrations and scenarios.

Major topics that will be covered at the academy include an introduction to a career in law enforcement, evidence and fingerprinting, K-9 tracking and demonstration, defensive tactics, patrol cars and basic traffic stops, basic radio codes, building searches, handcuffing, reasonable use of force, and use of firearms. The participants will not be shooting weapons.

The day will close with a barbecue for the participants and their family members at the St. Helens High School football field. Participants will be able to share and discuss what they learned at the academy with their families and chat one-on-one with St. Helens officers.

The cost is $50 to attend the academy. Lunch and dinner are provided, and each participant will receive a t-shirt. Pre-registration is required. Application forms are available at the St. Helens police station, 150 S. 13th Street, or online at www.sthelenspolice.org. Applications are due by Friday, July 12.

For more information, contact St. Helens Police Officer Bryan Cutright at, bryanc@ci.st-helens.or.us, or 503-397-3333.

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