Criminal Justice Youth Academy

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Learning what it really takes to be in law enforcement.

First on the scene, risking their lives for others.

A free camp, the Criminal Justice Youth Academy is for teenagers in 9th through 12th grade interested in going into the field.

Held at Washington State Community College this week, around 20 kids are learning everything from police and sheriff work to courts and corrections.

"That right now is the time they need to start thinking about how they behave themselves, how they conduct themselves as a person, as an individual, because when it comes times to make that application for employment, the clock starts ticking now on their behavior," says John Burdette, with WSCC's Center For Public Safety Training.

Burdette says on top of behavior they also need to think education - a college or secondary degree after high school.

The highway patrol will be there Tuesday.

Then a field trip to London, Ohio to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, and training with the Washington County Sheriff's Office SRT team on Thursday.

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