CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- High school students who think they may be interested in a career in law enforcement can learn what it's really like to be a police officer by taking part in the Clarkstown Police Department Youth Academy program.
The academy offers an overview of many areas that police officers deal with on a daily basis.
Communications, criminal investigation and crime scene forensics are just three of the subjects that the students learn about, said the Clarkstown Police spokesman, Officer Peter Walker.
"The academy is a great way for students to see if they would like a career in law enforcement by offering them a look at what takes place," Walker said.
In addition, the academy offers a glimpse into the appropriate use of force, street survival and traffic violations, and accident investigations.
Selected students are able to put into practice what they have learned by conducting traffic stops with police officers in a controlled setting utilizing other students and police instructors, Walker said.
Students also receive "real life" presentations by an attorney and visit the local court to obtain a better understanding of the justice system. In addition, the class trains with a firearms simulator and with K-9 officers, Walker added.
Other highlights including learning to process a crime scene and respond to critical call events.
Open to all high school students who attend one of the five local schools in Clarktown, the program runs for 10 weeks and meets once a week for two hours. Interested students are selected by their school resource officers and can number anywhere from 20 to 30 students per class, Walker said.
The department also offers the Police Explorers group, which runs all year and includes taking part in volunteer activities as well as learning the same skills as academy members.
To learn more about the academy or the Police Explorers, students should speak with their local school resource officer, or call 845-639-5870.