St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Academy kicks off fourth year

Lt. Daniel Bostic shows Junior Deputy Academy participants kits that are used to test various types of narcotics.

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Academy kicked off the fourth year of its annual summer program on June 5, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Formed in 2015, the Junior Deputy Academy is open to children ages 10 to 13 who reside in St. Bernard Parish.

Patterned after the Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy for adults, the program is designed to foster community pride and self-esteem, while teaching youngsters about the various aspects of law enforcement.

The Academy, which runs two days a week through July 12, will include a visit to St. Bernard Parish Prison, firearms safety instruction at a local shooting range, basic first aid and CPR instruction and demonstrations with some of the department’s state-of-the-art equipment. A graduation ceremony also will be held July 18.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann, right, and Dep. Skyler Rauch, left, say the Pledge of Allegiance June 5 with Junior Deputy Academy participants prior to the start of the opening session of this year’s program.

Sgt. Darrin Miller, right, and Lt. Lisa Jackson, left, speak to Junior Deputy Academy participants about the dangers of using drugs and alcohol, and the dangerous substances that can be found in tobacco.

Lt. Daniel Bostic shows Jacob Lystra how heavy the Street Crimes Unit vests are that agents wear when on patrol.

Sgt. Rodney Burke speaks to participants in the 2018 session of the Junior Deputy Academy program.

Sgt. Eric Eilers shows Junior Deputy Academy participant Bronson Navarro what a taser looks like during the first class of this summer’s program.

Dep. Skyler Rauch shows Junior Deputy Academy participants what the inside of his patrol car looks like during opening day of this summer’s program.

Dep. Skyler Rauch speaks to Junior Deputy Academy participants on the first day of the 2018 summer program.