The Winchester Police Department’s (WPD) session of the Teen Citizen Police Academy originally scheduled for August 2 has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The Academy will be held at the Timbrook Public Safety Center, located at 231 E. Piccadilly Street in Winchester.
Previously, the Academy admitted ages 14-17, but will now admit 13-year-olds to fill the gap between it and the Kids & Cops camp (9 to 12-year-olds).
The Teen Citizen Police Academy aims to educate the area’s youth about the operations and challenges of local law enforcement. Participants will learn about the WPD’s criminal investigations process, E-911 communications, police training, narcotics and drugs, and K-9 handling, among other topics.
A goal of the Teen Citizen Academy is to foster well-informed teens who will use their influence on public opinion to dispel untruths about police practices and services. The Academy also provides a great opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement to learn about various aspects of the field and the Winchester Police Department.
Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, express ideas, and offer suggestions. The class size is limited to twenty-five participants, and teens can register by contacting Detective William Griffith at William.Griffith@WinchesterVA.gov.