More than two dozen children graduated from the 2019 session of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Academy during a graduation ceremony held July 17 at Docville Farm in Violet.
The annual program, which ran this year from June 4 through July 11, is designed to teach youngsters ages 10 to 13 about the various aspects of law enforcement.
Patterned after the Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy for adults, the Junior Deputy program included visits from deputies with the Patrol, Narcotics and Marine Divisions, as well as the Crime Scene Investigation department. Participants learned about the department’s state-of-the-art equipment, firearms safety and first aid and CPR instruction. They also visited the Parish Prison.
St. Bernard Parish residents can register now for the 21st session of the Citizens Police Academy, a free, 10-week program offered to adults interested in learning about police work.
Classes begin Aug. 21 and will meet each Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office second-floor training center, 2118 Jackson Ave. in Chalmette, directly behind the Parish Courthouse.
For more information or to register, call Capt. Charles Borchers at (504) 278-7628 or Sgt. Eric Eilers at (504) 278-7799.