Applications now available for sheriff’s academy


Applications are being accepted for the annual Chaplain Tom Burton Junior Law Enforcement Academy, sponsored by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. The camp, held at the Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., June 26, is a one-day program that highlights law enforcement experiences and combines them with spiritual aspects from the Chaplain’s Office. Campers are divided into small age-related groups with co-leaders from various Hamilton County law enforcement agencies along with spiritual advisors. The theme of this year’s camp is “Respect” and will focus on bullying as well as helping campers to develop a better relationship with law enforcement officers. Activities include a police motorcycle demonstration, a visit by members of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team, a ventriloquist performance, rides in police cars, games, crafts and much more with breakfast and lunch provided.

The Junior Law Enforcement Academy is open to students from preschool through senior in high school with registration closing on May 31. There is no cost to attend the academy. More information and applications are available through the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain’s Division at 776-1824. The academy is limited to 125 campers on a first come first serve basis.

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