Scholarship available for criminal justice student

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The Fishers Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association is again offering a $1,500 scholarship to either a Fishers High School or Hamilton Southeastern High School senior. The scholarship is available to a senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who expresses a strong interest in the field of criminal justice.

To qualify, a student must be accepted to a university and be planning to attend full-time. The student must demonstrate school leadership, community commitment and contributions to society.

A handwritten essay indicating why the student has chosen a law enforcement related career and two letters of recommendation from a teacher, coach, counselor and/or community leader also are required. Applications are available from the high school guidance offices.

After applications, essays and letters of recommendation are reviewed, a scholarship committee will set up interviews with qualified students.

The CPAAA scholarship program is an important way to encourage and help high school seniors choose a career in law enforcement.

Representing and guiding the CPAAA is officer Jamie Alvis. He helps plan the training which he and other officers present for the Academy and its alumni. Training sessions have included forensic lab activities, mock court trials, and canine and traffic stop demonstrations.

The CPAAA is a nonprofit association whose purpose is to bring together graduates of the Fishers Police Dept. Citizens’ Academy. The mission of the Academy is to increase public awareness and support the members of the police department through continuing education and volunteer programs. The Citizens’ Police Academy program is open to all residents of Fishers. Academy graduates may continue the program as members of the alumni association which offers opportunities to volunteer.

In the past, the CPAAA has participated in community functions, including the Freedom Festival with an information booth. The association also holds a Fry’s Hot Dog Sale every June to raise funds. The alumni bought a new “bite suit” for training the Fishers police dogs with funds from this sale. Alumni volunteers also helped out at the D.A.R.E. golf outing and helped support the Explorer Scout program.

Funds raised from the various volunteer activities also aided in supporting the Alternative shelter in Anderson for Hamilton County abuse victims and their families. Within the CPAAA is a Sunshine Committee which provides support for police officers and their families during difficult times, as well as helps officers celebrate birthdays and other happy occasions.

Various alumni members also volunteer their time at the police station to contact crime victims, help answer the phone, sort books for the “Books and Badges” program and to aid in other police department programs. CPAAA volunteers have been honored with a Presidential Volunteer Award certificates and pins.

 

 


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