WINTHROP — Registration is now open for the Winthrop Police Department’s 2021 Youth Police Academy and students are encouraged to sign up.
The program will run from Monday, August 2 to Friday, August 6 and will be held at the Winthrop Police Station. The academy will run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Students are expected to be dropped off no earlier than 8:15 a.m. and are expected to be picked up promptly at 3 p.m. unless otherwise specified. Students are also expected to bring their own lunch for the week.
This one-week class is free of charge and a t-shirt and hat will be provided to student participants. The program is open to Winthrop residents who are students going into grades seven through nine in the Fall of 2021.
Space is limited to 20 students, so those interested should sign up early. Participants must be able to attend all days that the program runs.
At the youth academy, students will attend classroom sessions, including lectures, role-plays, and interactive demonstrations by Winthrop police officers. Classroom activities will include learning about motor vehicle laws, CPR and first aid, defensive tactics, applied patrol procedures, K9 demonstrations, drug recognition, courtroom procedures and more.
Additionally, student participants will engage in a range of physical activities, including morning physical training.
“This year will mark the department’s third annual youth police academy,” said Chief Delehanty. “We are excited to be able to host our young cadets once again this summer and show them what Winthrop officers do every day to keep our community safe.”
All participants will be expected to follow public health guidance relating to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic as appropriate during the program.
The Youth Police Academy is an innovative and effective program for the young people in the community. It’s designed to establish a positive relationship between the Winthrop Police and the youth in the community. The Youth Police Academy is funded by the Senator Charles E. Shannon Grant. THe Shannon COmmunity Safety Initiative (CSI) is a multi-pronged approach to prevent and reduce gang and youth violence.
The Academy is intended to:
- Expose participating youth through hands-on experience to the various duties associated with the Law Enforcement profession
- Enhance responsible citizenship
- Provide positive interaction with police officers including application of 21st century policing model
- Educate young people about the challenges and responsibilities of police work
- Participate in team-building activities to build confidence
To apply, please download, print and complete an application here or pick up an application in the Winthrop police station lobby. Completed applications can be dropped off at the stationor emailed to [email protected]
Applications are currently being accepted and those who wish to participate are encouraged to apply soon while seats remain available. The deadline for applications is July 1, unless the class fills up.