Youth Police Academy in Mt. Pleasant Graduates 21st Class

Cadets from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s 21st Youth Police Academy recently celebrated their graduation with their law enforcement mentors, family and friends.

The Youth Police Academy is a free program which offers sixth to eighth grade students an up close view of the skills and necessary training needed for law enforcement officials. For the past three weeks the cadets learned what it takes to become a law enforcement official, including integrity, trust, leadership, compassion and the ability to quickly assess a situation, plus the rigorous physical requirements of the job. By completing a series of hands-on training sessions and classroom instruction, cadets learned how much knowledge and fitness a police officer must possess to perform their job.

Those in attendance enjoyed comments from academy leader Officer Josh Theisen and retired educator and coach Denny LaFleur who served as keynote speaker.