Each summer the Rockingham Police Department sponsors the Junior Police Academy during summer break for youth ages 11-17. The program is designed for young teens who may later become interested in police work. There are 45 slots available and all applicants are approved by Chief Kelly, along with a recommendation from a teacher or principal. The youth that attend JPA receive instruction by officers on crime scene processing, report management, drug awareness and identification, and all aspects within the police department. It is a hands-on learning experience with activities and instruction designed to give them a real sense of what police work entails. Classes are attended on a daily basis for one week from 9 am until 4 pm, with lunches provided. Upon completion of the program graduates receive certificates at the annual National Night Out event held in August.
For more information on Junior Police Academy and the programs they provide please visit the JPA website.
JPA Cadets receive Awards on Tuesday August 4th 2015 at NNO
The Junior Police Academy Cadets graduation ceremony was held during National Night Out on August 4th, 2015 at City Hall in Rockingham, NC. Awards were handed out by Mayor Steve Morris, along with Chief Kelly and Captain Grant.
Graduates were commended by Chief Kelly, along with Mayor Morris, for their dedication to spend part of their summer break with RPD Officers.
As quoted by Chief Kelly at the ceremony; “Often I get credit, but it’s a direct result of the men and women of the Rockingham Police Department.”
“They(Cadets) choose to get up at 9 a.m. and come to the police department during the summer,” he said. “There’s no way we could’ve pulled this off without the Rockingham Police Department, Richmond County Schools and our sponsors.”
As Chief Kelly handed out certificates to the cadets, he said to the crowd that these teenagers are the future.
Appreciation was given also for sponsorships from McDonald's of Rockingham, Mi Casita Restaurant, Hardee's of Rockingham and Domino's of Rockingham for their participation in the Junior Police Academy
Cadets process a mock crime scene during Junior Police Academy week
Junior Police Academy 2015
June 22nd - June 26th
The first day for our JPA cadets was spent with an introduction from Chief Kelly after which Lt. Greene took them to tour the Courthouse, speak with Judge Wallace and tour other government buildings and offices. But the highlight of the day was watching Sgt. Harris with K9 Breston.