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Kids Get to Be Police Officer for a Day at Training Academy

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Local children learn what it takes to be a Springfield Police Officer at a Junior Police Academy, July 12.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Local children learn what it takes to be a Springfield Police Officer at a Junior Police Academy, July 12.

The training camp starts at 9 am, July 12 at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center located at 2620 W. Battlefield.

This is a daylong academy that will teach children ages 10 to 13 about the police department.

The day will feature classes on becoming a police officer, responding to calls for service, processing a mock crime scene, a tour of the Special Response Team equipment and a K-9 demonstration.

The day will culminate with a graduation ceremony where certificates and medals will be given to the graduates.

The Springfield Police Department and the Springfield Westside Optimist Club have partnered to sponsor 48 children to participate in this event.

The Springfield Westside Optimist Club is a non-profit organization that has been helping kids in Springfield and the Ozarks since 1958. The Optimist's mission is "Bringing out the Best in Kids." Through programs and activities, the group provides support for young people to grow and develop

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