LARGO - The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Pinellas Park Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Gulfport Police Department are hosting an exciting and educational experience for the youth in Pinellas County.
The Academy offers youth between the ages of 14 and 18 insights into how law enforcement performs their duties and how law enforcement serves the community. Registration is open through June 4. Applicants must pass a background check. They must be enrolled and attending high school in fall of 2014. Participants will be notified by June 18.
Some of the training involves practical exercises and a hold harmless agreement that must be signed. The cost for the Academy is $20.
Training opportunities for the Academy participants include communications, ethics, traffic control, defensive tactics, forensics and crime scene, weapons familiarization, investigations, jail tour, building clearing, officer survival, unknown/high risk traffic stops, DUI investigations, domestic violence investigations and K-9 demonstration.
Week one of the three-week academy is July 22-24. Week two is scheduled from July 29-31 and week three is Aug. 5-7. The time is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The training will take place at various locations.
Lunch will be provided on the last day. A graduation service is scheduled between 1 and 3:30 p.m.
On all other dates, lunch is the participant’s responsibility. Youth will need transportation to their respective Explore Post site for the day.
For more information, call Deputy Jim Butterfield at 727-421-3149.