July 26, 2022

Teen Academy 2022

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The Phelps County Sheriff’s Department recently completed the first-ever Teen Deputy Summer Academy, July 18-22. This program is free and open to high school students entering the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades during the 2022-2023 school year.

According to Sheriff Michael Kirn, eight students from the surrounding area completed the academy, where they learned about law enforcement’s inner workings and history. Also, they took part in hands-on training in patrol operations, K-9, corrections, SWAT, crime scene investigation, firearms safety and familiarization, Crisis Intervention Training, domestic violence, defensive tactics, de-escalation techniques, first-responder training, and Central Communications/911.

“This was a team effort by nearly our entire department,” Kirn said. “This would not have been possible without the hard work and tremendous effort by Sheriff’s Department staff, including deputies, detectives, corrections personnel, and our administrative staff, along with The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rolla Police Department, and the Missouri Department of Conservation.”

The academy also received a tremendous amount of community support. Sponsors included Stevenson’s Custom Laser Engraving, Code 3 Security, Don’t Miss Out-Outlet Store, Landmark Baptist Church, D&D Towing & Repair, C&C Towing LLC, Midwest Sign & Graphics, Alex’s Pizza, Arby’s, Lee’s Chicken, Dickey’s BBQ, and St. James Masonic Lodge #230.

“Our goal is to get more young people interested in law enforcement and make a positive, rewarding and enlightening experience for all the attendees. I anticipate this program growing in the future.” Kirn said.

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