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Burlington County Sheriff’s Department once again hosting Youth Police Academy

Classes are for students ages 7 to 9 and will take place on Saturdays from Feb. 16 through March 2.

Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield has announced that classes will once again begin for her department’s Youth Police Academy on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The first session of the program will take place during the course of three consecutive Saturdays, ending on March 2 with a graduation ceremony.

The program is free and open to children ages 7 to 9.

“With a new year, the sheriff’s department is proud to provide children of Burlington County with another opportunity to participate in quality education on safety, fire and law enforcement subjects through our Youth Police Academy,” Stanfield said. “Our Youth Police Academy introduces students to the field of law enforcement. Participants will familiarize themselves with the teamwork involved in effective law enforcement, how to apply the skills they learn from the course and help make their communities safer.”

The program is free and covers topics such as:

  • Avoiding Abduction
  • Fire Safety
  • Gun Safety
  • Police Canine (K-9)
  • Emergency Vehicles
  • SWAT Demonstration

Participants will also be able to get behind the wheel of pedal carts while wearing Fatal Vision goggles.

Officials say the goggles mimic the effects that drugs and alcohol have on hand-eye coordination and let the wearer experience first-hand the dangers of impaired driving.

“Just like the Police and Teens Together program, the Youth Police Academy provides an opportunity for youth and officers to connect and build stronger, positive relationships,” Stanfield said.

Those interested in attending should call the Sheriff’s Community Services Unit at (609) 265–3788.

The classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Human Services Building, located at 795 Woodlane Road in Westampton.

Morning snacks will be provided for each of the Saturday mornings.

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