The Fairhaven Police Department (FPD) and the Fairhaven Public Schools (FPS) recently collaborated to provide a Juvenile Police Academy for Fairhaven High School and Elizabeth Hastings Middle School students, seventh grade and up.
A total of 29 students participated, including 18 from the middle school and 11 from the high school.
Students had to submit a letter of recommendation along with an application to be considered for the program. The final roster was decided on by the School Resource Officers and school administration.
Successful cadets completed 36 hours of classroom learning and field observance, including a four-hour long ride-along with a Fairhven police officer.
After a six-year hiatus, Fairhaven High School Resource Officer Scott Joseph revived the program.
“The goal is to foster the relationship between Fairhaven Police Department and the juvenile community in Fairhaven. We’re striving to provide an opportunity for juveniles to get a better understanding of Law Enforcement and create a positive relationship between both,” he said.
Many local businesses contributed to the success of the program: WalMart provided support with a grant to fund the Academy, Papa Gino’s provided pizza on multiple nights and I.N.I Screen Printing and Embroidery provided shirts for all students.
The Academy consisted of classroom time where Cadets were lectured in topics such as rank and structure of FPD, communications, FPD detectives, taser, drone, Marine unit, report writing/investigation, K-9 presentation, Plymouth County BCI, Bristol County Sherriff’s Department, Corrections, gangs and more.
The cadets also participated in hands on lessons and were trained in CPR/First Aid, accident reconstruction, radar, fingerprinting, crime scene, firearms use and safety, GPS navigation search and rescue, use of force, OUI sobriety goggles and breath testing, booking process.
Students earned completion diplomas at a ceremony on Tuesday, March 26, from the Resource Officers. Also in attendance were Fairhaven Police Chief Michael Myers, Town Administrator Mark Rees, other Town officials as well as family and friends of the cadets.
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