June 21, 2014

News Release

For Immediate Release

First annual Junior Police Academy today

WHAT: This is a daylong academy that will teach youth aged 10-13 about the police department. The day will feature classes on becoming a police officer, responding to calls for service, processing a mock crime scene, a tour of the Special Response Team equipment and a K-9 demonstration. The day will culminate with a graduation ceremony where certificates and medals will be given to the graduates.

WHO: The Springfield Police Department and the Springfield Westside Optimist Club have partnered to sponsor 48 boys’ and girls’ participation between the two session dates.

WHEN: 9 a.m., June 21
Graduation at 3 p.m.
(Second session date is July 12.)

WHERE: Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield

The Springfield Westside Optimist Club is a non-profit organization that has been helping kids in Springfield and the Ozarks since 1958. The Optimist's mission is "Bringing out the Best in Kids." Through programs and activities, they provide the support for young people to grow and develop Optimism. Optimism builds character, self- confidence and the ability to become contributing members of our communities.

Lisa Cox | Public Affairs Officer
Springfield Police Department
Office: 417.864.1786
Cell: 417.839.5301

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
417-864-1810 • springfieldmo.gov/spd