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Youth Academy to graduate 35 on Fri.

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By Alton Mitchell

The LaFayette Police Department grew by nearly three dozen brave young souls over the past week. The department will present its new young recruits with honors at a graduation ceremony to be help on Friday in LaFayette.

The new cadets will not be fulltime sworn officers in the departments ranks, but will represent a class of youth recruits who have completed the department’s annual youth academy. LaFayette Police Chief Benjamin Hill made the announcement on Monday evening to remind the community that this years event will be wrapping up this week and a graduation ceremony will take place Friday at J.P. Powell School in LaFayette.

Chief Hill said this years program will graduate a total of 35 cadets. That number is slightly down from 47 cadets who completed the program in 2016. In the past youth cadets have embarked on various adventures as they get a better look at what police officers do. LaFayette city councilman Toney Thomas said, “Hat’s off the kids really enjoy it, my son has been going for years”.

Those interested in attending the graduation ceremony it will be held on Friday June 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at JP Powell School in LaFayette.