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47 graduate from  Police Youth Academy
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47 graduate from Police Youth Academy

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2016 graduates of the LaFayette Police Academy at Eastside Elementary School in LaFayette.  (Photo by Charlotte Blasingame)
2016 graduates of the LaFayette Police Academy at Eastside Elementary School in LaFayette.
(Photo by Charlotte Blasingame)
By Charlotte Blasingame

Graduation exercises were held recently for 47 local students from The LaFayette Police Academy at Eastside Elementary School in LaFayette.

Travis Smith graduate of LaFayette High School currently a student at Clemson University spoke to the Cadets about his experience attending cadet school. He shared with the cadets that he never expected to gain the leadership skills he realized through this program.

Smith who was born and raised in LaFayette stated the city is a place we can feel safe because of our local law enforcement. He told the cadets his goal in life is to become a university president, highlighting on the fact that an education is very important.

Travis challenged each student to always stay focused on their education, and always want a good education. He encouraged the cadets to learn to be productive by knowing what they want to do with their lives and to learn how they can give back to their community.

Most of all he told them to be responsible by being great! By being great he meant ” Am I my brothers keeper”? Not being a snitch but to embrace the hood, and encourage clean neighborhoods.

The week entailed riding in an ambulance, a visit from K9 dogs, wearing drunken goggles, visiting court, visiting the firing range and on Thursday a trip to Six Flags Over Georgia.

Training officers and instructors were: Chief Ben Hill, Lt. George Rampey, Lt. Chris Trice, Sgt. Roderick Brock, Sgt. Quantavious Lockhart and Officer Danny Williams.

The LaFayette Police Department thanked the Mayor and City Council for their support with this program, A special letter of appreciation went to their sponsors, Parkers, Piggly Wiggly and Super Dollar Store.