Seventeen cadets graduated from the Junior Police Academy in Camdenton on Friday. After one week of training, classes, guest speakers and interactive activities, the students gained enough knowledge to stand proud and earn a medal.
Lieutenant Jeff Beauchamp said that the purpose of the program is "to give students a clear understanding of the Police Department and emergency services."
Camdenton Police Department along with many other community sponsors made the week happen.
"This week would not have been possible without the help of the community," Beauchamp said. "We are fortunate to have the help from the community that we have."
Student Resource Officer Chris Williams, addressed the crowd. '
"The kids really got it this week," he told the graduation attendees.
Before the ceremony began, students were asked to evaluate a mock crime scene.
"They very quickly gathered the evidence and were right on track," Williams said.
Before concluding the ceremony, Beauchamp challenged the students to continue learning about the areas of emergency services that interest them. He also asked them to find a way to help keep their school safe, speak up to friends about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, explore how to get involved in their community and if their friends have questions for law enforcement, help them get the answers they need.
2013 marks the fourth year of the Jr. Police Academy in Camdenton.