The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Academy kicked off the third year of its annual summer program on June 6.
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, includes 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 is held.
During a discussion about traffic safety, Sgt. Eric Eilers, left, and Lt. Stephen Ingargiola, right, take a poll of Junior Deputy Academy participants who regularly wear their seat belts.
Capt. Bret Bowen, left, and Sgt. Darren Trandacosta, right, show Junior Deputy Academy participants the state-of-the-art technology inside the Sheriff’s Office Mobile Emergency Operations Center.
Lt. Stephen Ingargiola shows Junior Deputy Academy participant Preslie Garcia how heavy a bomb suit can be.
Agent Carlo Cacioppo, center, shows Junior Deputy Academy participants Mark Loustalot, left, and Jaycob Lystra, right, some of the department’s equipment, including a battering ram and body shield.
St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Academy participants check out the department’s bomb robot.
Lt. Stephen Ingargiola, left, and Capt. Daniel Doucet, right, talk to Junior Deputy Academy participants about inert cast booster training devices.
Lt. Richard Mendel shows Junior Deputy Academy participants how to operate a camera ball, designed to help law enforcement officers scope out risky environments before entering.