MPD kicks off program to keep your kids safe

A program to help keep Mid-South children off the streets is underway in Memphis. It's all part of the Memphis Police Department's efforts to help keep your kids safe.

The program is called the Youth Citizens Police Academy. It kicks off at the Ridgeway Precinct in east Memphis but plans are already underway to expand the program to other precincts in the future.

Officers showed some 60 applications turned in by youngsters who have already signed up.

Police say their one week program will expose kids to various workshops--all aimed at increasing cooperation and reducing crime.

Topics include everything from respect and ethics for the law to career opportunities in the police department.

Organizers hope to give teens a positive view of the officers they see and come in contact with every day.

"Well the bottom line is the kids who are growing up today, they are going to be the adults in the future and we want to see that they carry on their civic responsibility - that they have a responsibility in this city as well," said Monique Martin with Memphis Police Department.

Police said students who signed up for the new youth academy will get hands on training from officers in in the K-9 unit, Mounted Patrol, Bike patrol and TACT units.

You must be between the ages of 14 and 17 to participate in the program. Classes run from 6:00-to 9:00 p.m. each day.


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