By VAN HOLLAND
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department will be hosting a junior academy for students ages 13-18 years old. Sheriff James Knight believes that this is the most important times of a juvenile's life and wants them to learn about the criminal justice system.
He thinks it is a good idea for the kids to see what law enforcement does on a day-to-day basis, from answering calls to helping citizens any way they can. The program is to show that law enforcement is about protecting and serving their communities any way they can.
"If we can get through to these kids now then they will know how the justice system works," Knight said. "I want these kids to learn about everyday law enforcement and what our daily routines are as far as protecting the citizens and serving them as well."
Knight thinks at these ages, the students should be buckling down and focusing on their life plans and what career paths they are going to take.
"The sheriff's office understands that it takes a village to raise a child," Knight said. "We like to consider ourselves a part of that village."
The academy will also open the opportunity for its participants to become members of the Sheriff's Explorer Program. The explorer program is more in-depth about developing leadership skills, entrepreneur skills, administrative skills and organizational skills all while learning more about law enforcement and other career fields.
"We wish to be a positive influence on the youth in our communities," Knight said. "We want to do all that we can to make sure that they have positive influences, activities and role models in their life to guide them to success in the future."
The academy will be two different sessions. The first academy will take place June 17-28 and the second one will be July 8-19.
Some of the classes that will be offered during the academy will be about domestic violence, physical fitness training, gang awareness, controlled substances, report writing, crime scene investigation, motorcycle/ATV safety, texting while driving, court room procedures and constitutional laws.
For individuals who are interested in participating in the academy can pick up applications from county middle or high schools or from the sheriff's department at 3005 Anaconda Road. There will be a $30 fee for the academy.
If any one has any questions they can contact the sheriff's secretary Bertina Spragley at 641-7915.