Sgt. Jeff Vega shows Junior Deputy participants, Selena Shaneyfelt and Valerie Perez, how to obtain fingerprints.
The program, which began June 5 and runs through July 12, is patterned after the Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy for adults. The purpose of the program is to teach youngsters ages 10-13 about the various aspects of law enforcement.
During the program, participants visit St. Bernard Parish Prison, are given firearms safety instruction at a local shooting range and basic first aid and CPR instruction, and they witness demonstrations with some of the department’s state-of-the-art equipment. The program will wrap up with a graduation ceremony July 18.
St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Academy participants were visited by members of the St. Bernard Fire Department who brought along their smokehouse that simulates what it might be like to be in a fire.
Members of the St. Bernard Fire Department visited with St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy participants during week three of the summer program.
Sgt. Jeff Vega shows Junior Deputy participants, Jacob Lystra and Mark Loustalot, how to obtain fingerprints.
Sgt. Ryan Melerine, left, and Lt. Richard Mendel, show Junior Deputy Academy participant Thomas Gagliano how to retrieve fingerprints.
Sgt. Eric Eilers hands Marcuss Campbell his official Junior Deputy Academy t-shirt.
Deputies with the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, Dep. Trystin Williams and Sgt. Danielle Falgoust, last row, far right, visited the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office during a recent Junior Deputy Academy class to gather information on creating their own program.