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Free LMPD Youth Citizen's Police Academy underway

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Ivonne Geiger Ivonne Geiger
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - More than a dozen teenagers sat attentive at St. Stephen Church during a one-on-one training session with some of Louisville Metro Police's finest.

Ranging in age from 14 to 17, the teens arrived bright and early Monday morning to take part in LMPD's Youth Citizens Police Academy.

"I know I want to do something in law enforcement but I don't know what, exactly which part yet," said program cadet Ivonne Geiger.

The weeklong course includes training on everything from patrols and investigations to narcotics enforcement and prevention. Organizers said the goal of the program is to foster a partnership between law enforcement and Louisville's youth to help prevent crime.

"We cannot solve all of the problems within Louisville Metro or within all of the community ourselves," said program coordinator Officer Matthew Gelhausen. "We can only do that through working together."

Gelhausen runs the program alongside fellow LMPD Officer Brandon Paris, both former cadets with the department's collaborative Explorer Program.

"We're trying to reach out to the youth of the community, offer them some things to do but also to offer them learning about their police department," said Gelhausen.

Some students, like Geiger, are taking double advantage of that education by being enrolled in both the Youth Citizens Police Academy and the department's Explorer Program.

"It helps {us} stay out of trouble and get involved," said Geiger. "It teaches us about gun safety and how to like defend ourselves during situations."

The courses at St. Stephen Church will run through Friday, June 21. A second weeklong session for the Youth Citizens Police Academy will be held Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12 at the Greater Saint James Trinity A.M.E. Church at 1036 Euclid Avenue.

Classes run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Youth Citizens Police Academy is free and open to the public, ages 14 to 17. To enroll call (502) 574-7423 or email lmpdcpa@louisvilleky.gov.

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