JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.-- Dozens of local young people are getting a first hand look at what it takes to work in law enforcement. The Jacksonville Beach Police Department began it's "Youth Police Academy" Saturday.
During the academy, children from 8-years-old to 12-years old get the chance to participate in patrol operations, answering 911 calls, criminal investigations, traffic control, evidence processing, SWAT calls, defensive tactics and working with the K-9 unit.
While the academy is a good time for children, parents say it's much more. "I think it's a great opportunity to learn about the police department and build confidence in the fact that you can go to police in the time of need and trust them," says Brian Zimovan.
The class is offered free of charge. Each participant will receive a free tee-shirt, hat, class photo, and various handouts describing police operations. Applications for next years academy can be picked up at the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.