WOODLAND PARK - The Woodland Park Police Department graduated its first ever Junior Police Academy on July 20.

The week-long academy was held at Memorial School from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Thanks to the academy sponsors – which included the American Legion Post #238, Anthony Colandro/Gun for Hire, and Viva la Pizza – the cadets were provided daily lunch, a uniform shirt and shorts, hat, and water bottle.

Twenty-two boys and girls age 11 to 14 took part in the inaugural event, aimed at providing youth a deeper understanding and appreciation of law enforcement. The academy was offered free of charge to the cadets.

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The cadets learned about self-defense, bullying, police K-9s, their local fire and first aid squads and much more, as well as took a tour of the police department on Brophy Lane.

 “Take what you have learned and inspire others,” American Legion Post 238 Second Vice Commander Jairo Rodriguez told the cadets at their graduation ceremony, where they each received a certificate of completion and badge from Police Chief Eileen Tiernan.