The Prairie City and Monroe Police Departments announce the 11th annual Youth Police Academy. The academy is open for PCM students that will be in sixth, seventh or eighth grade during the 2017-18 school year. The academy is free of charge, includes a meal and will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the following dates:
• Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 at Monroe City Hall, 206 W. Sherman St.
• Friday July 21 and Saturday, July 22 at Prairie City City Hall, 203 E. Jefferson St.
A graduation ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m. July 22 at City Hall in Prairie City. All friends and family are welcome to attend.
Class hours may be extended by this year to include addition sessions with the Fire Department.
The academy will teach many life skills to the participants, including leadership, teamwork, citizenship and ethical behavior. The students will also be taught various skills involved in law enforcement activities. Some of the topics include drug abuse and recognition, traffic stops, building searches and fingerprinting.
The academy will involve physical activities. Due to the physical nature of some of the activities, the Prairie City Police Department requires parents and students to sign a waiver. The physical activities will include expandable baton instruction, running, handcuffing and defensive tactics instruction. Students will be required to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. A t-shirt will be provided and students will be required to wear that shirt in class.
If interested, return the registration form and waiver available at the police departments in both communities and return it to Prairie City City Hall, 203 E. Jefferson St., Prairie City, IA 50228 or Monroe City Hall, 107 N. Monroe St., Monroe, IA 50170 by June 16.
Class space is limited to 10 students.
While this class is free of charge, we will gladly accept and appreciate donations to help with costs associated with the program.