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Police Academy a big success

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Last week’s LaFayette Youth Police Academy concluded with a graduation ceremony at the Eastside Elementary and LaFayette Police Chief Kenny Vines called this years’ group of cadets, “the best I’ve had.” More than fourth area youth participated in the weeklong Academy designed to expose and teach kids about the duties of law enforcement and other local public safety personnel while helping to explore career and leadership opportunities, life skills and character education. Throughout the week, cadets participated in daily workout routines and took field trips to the Chambers County Detention Center, Chambers County District Court and the Lee County Youth Detention Center. They were taught firearm safety, drug awareness, first aid, how to process a crime scene and about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. They also participated in activities with the LaFayette Fire Department and the Chambers County Sheriff’s Departments new drug dog. At the graduation, Chief Vines, along with other law enforcement and city elected officials, commended the cadets for their hard work discipline throughout the week. It was also announced that Tylianna Smith was the Female Cadet of the Week and Seth South was the Male Cadet of the Week. This was the third year for LaFayette to hold the Youth Police Academy.

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