Junior police academy is underway

The Lafayette Police Department held its second annual Junior Police Academy for youth in the community. (WLFI Photo)
The Lafayette Police Department held its second annual Junior Police Academy for youth in the community. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Lafayette Police Department is showing kids how law enforcement operates.

Thirty kids from across Tippecanoe County are spending the next three days at the Lafayette Police Training Center. Each day junior cadets, ages 12 to 14, will be put through scenarios that an officer might encounter.

Tuesday junior cadets worked on self-defense and learned about animal control.

Lafayette Police Lieutenant Jim Taul said he’s been impressed by the intelligence of the group.

“We have a citizens academy class. Some of the questions we pose at the citizens academy, we pose to these kids and they had just as good of answers, if not better than some of the adults did,” said Taul.

On Thursday, the junior cadets will have a graduation ceremony and will receive awards from Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski.

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