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Greenburgh Police Sponsor Summer Youth Police Academy

Greenburgh Police Officer David Zenon walks with his cadets at last summer camp graduation.
Greenburgh Police Officer David Zenon walks with his cadets at last summer camp graduation. Photo Credit: Daily Voice

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Greenburgh Police, with a grant from the Lanza Foundation, will hold its Summer Youth Camp Program beginning July 1.

This year’s program will include 20 to 26 children between the ages of 13 and 16 in a junior police academy where youngsters will be placed in a setting similar to that experienced by a police recruit.

The free eight-week course will consist of physical training and classroom instruction in law and other related topics. Guest lecturers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, District Attorney’s Office, United States Secret Service and other areas within the criminal justice system will present an overview of their agency’s operation.

Daily hours will normally be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. although these hours may be altered somewhat on days when field trips or other special activities are planned.  Parents will be notified at least seven days in advance of any change in the daily schedule.  Unless otherwise advised, campers should bring their own lunch.

The camp will include demonstrations by specialized police units and field trips to courts and other criminal justice institutions.  Issues such as alcohol and drug abuse will also be addressed and students will participate in various role-play scenarios, which illustrate the practical everyday problems faced by law enforcement officers.

Campers will also receive instruction and certification in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid and Water Rescue by police instructors.

Youngsters taking part in the program will be provided uniforms, law books and other materials necessary for camp activities.  A graduation ceremony for campers, their parents and siblings is planned for August 24.

"The goal of this program is to expose your son or daughter to various law enforcement careers while developing academic ability and self-esteem," Greenburgh Police said in a statement.  "Campers will come away from the program with meaningful skills and a better understanding of the criminal justice system and its potential as a career."

Applications and Medical Clearance Forms must be returned to Police Headquarters for processing no later than May 27.  Notification to parents and guardians as to whether their child has been selected will be forwarded no later than May 31.

If accepted to the program, both parent and participant must attend a mandatory evening orientation meeting on either June 3  or June 5 at Greenburgh Town Hall. The mandatory orientation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Applications may be obtained beginning April 29 at the following locations:

• Greenburgh Police Department, 188 Tarrytown Road, White Plains • Greenburgh housing Authority, 9 Maple St., White Plains • Theodore D. Young Community Center Office of the Town Clerk, 32 Manhattan Ave., White Plains    • Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Ave., Greenburgh. • Greenburgh Parks and Recreation, 11 Olympic Lane, Ardsley • Union Baptist Church, 31 Manhattan Ave., White Plains • First Baptist Church of Elmsford, North Lawn Ave. and Payne St. Elmsford • Greenville Community Reformed Church, 270 Ardsley Road, Scarsdale

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