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Students Learn Law Enforcement at Youth Police Academy

The third annual Youth Police Academy is underway at Vestal High School.
The third annual Youth Police Academy is underway at Vestal High School.

19 students are taking part this year.

When we stopped by, the high schoolers were learning about teen suicide and hostage negotiation. The students also saw a K-9 demonstration, learn defense tactics, about crime scene investigation, and will tour the Broome County Jail.

Vestal Police Officer Corey Shirley says the academy was developed to help give kids an idea of what it takes to be a police officer and to let them meet law enforcement personnel who work in the town.

"It helps prepare them to see if this a career path that they want to go down and also it helps them recognize potential situations in the community that they could make the proper notifications and help out with," said Shirley.

Vestal High School Junior Justin Perez's father is a police officer in Connecticut.

Perez attended the academy last year as well.

He says he is interested in the field.

"I've actually learned a lot of stuff including laws, self defense, many types of ways to talk someone down in a situation where they are suicidal. It has just been a really good experience here," said Perez.

Students volunteer to take part in the two-week academy.
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