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Danville Youth Police Academy is looking for recruits

Free summer program lets high-schoolers spend a week learning from DPD

With June right around the corner High school students are already dreaming about how they are going to spend their summer vacation.

The Danville Police Department is offering those students the opportunity to start the summer off with a week of educational and fun courses, with the Danville Youth Police Academy, the week of June 11.

The Youth Police Academy is part of an ongoing program by Danville police to build closer relationships with the community they serve. Activities such as pizza with the police and recess with the cops are meant to create a strong, comfortable, relationship with youth in the community in a non-threatening relaxed environment.

At the academy Danville students will learn what it means to be a police officer, covering topics including:

* Police equipment and patrol procedures

* Building searches

* Arrest and control

* Use of force

* Traffic stops and DUI investigation

* Crime scene investigation

* Police K-9 units.

Students must go to high school in Danville, be alcohol and drug free, have no misdemeanor or felony arrests and have a maintained GPA above 2.0 with good attendance. The program is free-of-charge and a youth academy t-shirt will be provided to wear during training.

Any students interested in signing up can obtain an online application or by reaching out to School Resource Officers Darren Alcantara, 314-3714 dalcantara@danville.ca.gov, or Kyle Rhoton, 314-3713 krhoton@danville.ca.gov.

Classroom size is limited to 24 and only 15 slots are still available so organizers ask students return their applications as soon as possible.

Classes are the week of June 11, and run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday. Most classes will be held at the Danville Police Department, 510 La Gonda Way.

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