CRESTVIEW, Fla., June 22, 2018–The Crestview Police Department is accepting applications now for the Community Services Division’s 2018 summer Police Youth Academy.
This free summer camp is available to Okaloosa County children ages 7 to 15.
Scheduled July 30 through Aug. 3, the morning session is designed for 7-to-9-year-olds and the afternoon session is for children ages 10 to 15.
Activities during the weeklong event include:
- Investigating a mock crime scene and dusting for fingerprints
- Meeting K9 officers and learning about the dogs’ amazing capabilities
- Experiencing a drunk driver’s perspective by using special goggles
- Learning about the S.W.A.T. team and checking out its equipment
- Meeting a patrol officer and seeing equipment in his patrol car
- Touring the police department and meeting officers, investigators and command staff
“It’s a totally different kind of summer camp than [children] are used to,” said Community Services Officer Sam Kimmons. “They get to do really cools stuff that they can brag on when they go back to school.”
“This really gives kids a complete overview of the police department and lets them experience firsthand how we operate and investigate crimes,” said Kimmon’s partner, Officer Wanda Hulion.
Applications to the Police Youth Academy, available at the police department or on its website, must be notarized.
Each applicant must write an essay explaining why he or she wants to attend the academy.
Deadline for applications is July 23.
WHAT: Week-long hands-on experience into modern policing
WHEN: July 30-Aug. 3, 8:30 a.m. to noon for kids 7-9 years; 1-5 p.m. for kids 10-15 years; graduation is 9 p.m. to noon Aug. 3
WHERE: Warrior Hall, Whitehurst Municipal Building, 201 Stillwell Blvd.
WHO: For Okaloosa County children ages 7-15
APPLICAITONS: Available at the Crestview Police Department or online at www.crestviewpd.org.
- Applications must be notarized and received by July 23. A notary public is available during office hours at the Crestview Police Department Records window.
- Applicant students (not their parents) must write a 50-150-word essay explaining why they would like to attend the academy and what they hope to experience.
- Previous attendees are welcome to return, but priority is given to new applicants should space get tight.
- All activities are carefully supervised by trained and certified Crestview Police officers.
Crestview Police Department release