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Apply now to Amherst's Youth Police Academy

Applications are now being accepted for the Amherst Police Department's Youth Police Academy, an internship program for high school students considering a career in law enforcement.

The 3-week academy will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon beginning July 10 at Police Headquarters, 500 John James Audubon Parkway.

In addition to learning about the operations of the town Police Department, students will learn the minimum qualifications, training requirements and daily responsibilities of police agencies at different levels from guest speakers and tours of their facilities.

Students will also view actual pictures and video of crime and accident scenes, have the opportunity to take the actual physical fitness test required for police officers, can be exposed to pepper spray and will take part in the Firearms Training Simulator and fire a handgun. In addition to the regularly scheduled sessions, students will ride with an officer for a tour of duty and participate in a courtroom observation.

Parental consent is required and all applicants must successfully complete a background investigation and interview. More info may be found on the police department’s website.

Amherst's program meets the minimum requirements of the state Education Department’s Career Exploration Internship Program, which allows students to receive high school credit toward graduation. The student must also apply to the academy through their school's internship coordinator.

Completed applications must be submitted by May 1 to the student’s school internship coordinator or to Officer Paul Alexander who may be reached at 689-1387.

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