Have you ever wondered what it is like to be police officer or a firefighter? The Columbus Police and Fire Youth Academy gives students between the ages of nine and fourteen the opportunity to spend four days in an educational setting with our public safety personnel. During this time, the students will participate in a number of “hands on” activities including obstacle courses, physical fitness exercises, defensive tactics, fire safety and fire prevention. Fire trucks will be on hand for the students to inspect and learn more about. Students will have a chance to talk with members of the CPD SWAT Team and police dogs will also be on hand for a demonstration. The academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony that family and friends are encouraged to attend.
Lunch and academy t-shirts are provided to all students at no charge thanks to our generous sponsors. All students interested in applying for the academy must submit a one page letter detailing why they are interested in attending the academy, what they expect to learn from the experience and any other information they feel is important to include. The academy is limited to thirty students and each year we receive more applications than we have spots available. Preference will be given to Bartholomew County residents who have never attended the academy before. Please contact Detective Jason Christophel at 812-376-2632 if you have any questions. For the 2014 academy, the deadline for applications is May 1st. The Academy will run from June 10-13.