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Students explore different areas of law enforcement at LPD's Youth Academy

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This summer, students at the Lima Police Department's Youth Academy are looking at the job from a new perspective. This summer, students at the Lima Police Department's Youth Academy are looking at the job from a new perspective.
But students don't have to just be interested in joining the police force, the academy is broken up into three days, filled with different activities which allow kids to explore different areas of law enforcement. But students don't have to just be interested in joining the police force, the academy is broken up into three days, filled with different activities which allow kids to explore different areas of law enforcement.
The Lima Police Department says they want to continue the youth academy, adding new activities every year. The Lima Police Department says they want to continue the youth academy, adding new activities every year.

This summer, students at the Lima Police Department's Youth Academy are looking at the job from a new perspective.

The Lima Police Youth Academy is in its fourth year. Their mission is to teach kids that there's more to the job than meets the eye.

"We try to give the kids a little glimpse into police work a glimpse into some of the decision making that officers have to make every day, that split second decision and then we also do it so they can see why we use some of the tactics they use," said Justin Wireman, Lima Police Department.

After four years of participating in the youth police academy, senior Riley Davenport knows first hand what it means to walk a mile in a police officers shoes.

"I see all these talks about the cops about how they're bad and stuff but they're really not. They're really fun to be with and be around and to be if you want to when you grow up," said Davenport.

The opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement is what continues to bring Terry Blake back to youth academy after participating for the past three years.

"It's been a growing interest and every single year I'm more interested. Every single year we get to learn more about the police force and what they actually do, the real life, real job," explained Blake.

But students don't have to just be interested in joining the police force, the academy is broken up into three days, filled with different activities which allow kids to explore different areas of law enforcement.

The Lima Police Department says they want to continue the youth academy, adding new activities every year.

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