St. Louis County Police Teen Academy to start June 7

The South County Precinct of the county Police Department will sponsor a Teen Academy Wednesday, June 7, at the Mehlville Neighborhood Policing Substation, 3229 Lemay Ferry Road.

Teens will participate in a field trip and view presentations given by county police specialized units during the six-session academy. Each teen will become a member of a team or “platoon” and be equipped with gear that police use on a daily basis to do their jobs.

Police Chief Jerry Lee stated, “… The participants in this program will have the opportunity to handle the calls, make the decisions, effect arrests, if necessary, and experience the emotional highs and lows that officers experience on a daily basis. This Teen Academy could also serve as an introduction to the Law Enforcement Explorers program or spark a potential interest in a law enforcement career.”

The academy will conclude at 7 p.m. July 12 with a graduation ceremony.

For more information, call Police Officer Pat Wilds at (314) 615-0162.