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11:37 AM Mon, Dec. 10th

Police Youth Academy now accepting applications

15 spaces available for first 4-day Academy

Fifteen spaces exist for the Prescott Valley Police Department’s inaugural Youth Academy, “A Peek behind the Curtain,” for youth ages 14 to 18 who reside within Prescott Valley town limits and who are attending school.

The academy takes place during schools’ winter break, from Wednesday, Jan. 2, to Saturday, Jan. 5 at the PVPD building.

This program is being offered free of charge.

“We want our community’s youth to see what it means to be a police officer, to live a life of sacrifice and service to a community, and how rewarding and fulfilling this life can be,” said Jodi Mullins, PVPD Support Services officer/Public Information Officer.

Specialized trainers will provide their skills and knowledge. Mullins said other “surprises” are planned for attendees as they “peek behind the curtain” at the leadership and ethics involved in this profession.

“As an agency, we recognize the value and potential of our high school students as leaders in our community. We want to partner with them, and the community as a whole, in helping them reach that potential,” Mullins said in her Dec. 4 press release.

Attendees will participate in team building, learn the importance of professionalism in times of crisis, and become certified in first aid.

Applications for the academy are now online at the PVPD website, pvaz.net/894/Youth-Police-Academy, at Bradshaw Mountain High School, and at the police station. Those accepted to the academy will be notified before Friday, Dec. 21.

PVPD also is asking for donations from the business community in the form of cash sponsorships and meals during the four days. Sponsors will be advertised on the Academy t-shirts, media releases and banners.

Make checks payable to Prescott Valley Police Foundation with Youth Academy on the memo line. One hundred percent of donations go to this program. Donations can be dropped off at the station or contact Jodi Mullins at 928-772-5164.

“This is a great way to make a small contribution that can have larger benefits for our community and our future,” Mullins stated.