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The Baltimore County Police Department is hosting its 13th annual Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) this week.

The YLA offers the teens, 14 to 18, the opportunity to develop leadership skills while having fun and meeting with peers who are like-minded.

Each day the teenagers meet at the Police Training Academy at 8 a.m. and begin a week of new insight into the Police Department and the people who serve.

The teens learn about leadership, decision-making, communication, teamwork, public service and much more.

The week brings field trips to the Marine Unit, Aviation Unit and the K9 Unit. All units are unique and all important to the work of the department.

At the police academy, they role play crime scenes. Teens are pushed to think, investigate and interview crime victims and suspects. They soon discover this isn’t CSI.

The teens get a break during all this activity with free lunches and snacks during the day.

The week is exciting and educational. Young people who are thinking about working in the criminal justice field will find this time well spent.

The Baltimore County Police Department is pleased to announce the graduation of the 38th Citizens’ Academy Class. On Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m., Chief Terrence B. Sheridan will present certificates to the new graduates. The ceremony will take place in the England Dansicker Room located in the Public Safety Building, 700 East Joppa Road, Towson, 21286

Departmental Chaplain Wayne Coffiell is one of the 24 people who began the journey on March 6. During the 15-week program, participants learned about various units and the many aspects of law enforcement. They heard from officers who are members of specialized units such as K-9, Marine/Aviation, Tactical Operations and RATT (Regional Auto Theft Taskforce).

The participants also learned more about the precincts, narcotics identification and investigation. They also sat in on lectures that covered Public Affairs, Community Resources, and Criminal Investigations.

The ultimate purpose of the Citizens’ Academy is to foster greater communication and relationships between the Department, the community, and business. The hope is to establish a better understanding of law enforcement.

Leadership, team building and trust will be the key ingredients for this year’s Youth Leadership Academy. This week, the Baltimore County Police Department is hosting the 12th annual Youth Leadership Academy (YLA).

The teens, 14 to 18, are offered the opportunity to develop skills that will help them through life. They will learn to develop leadership skills while having fun and meeting like-minded teens.

The day starts at 8 a.m. at the Police Training Academy. Each day will bring new insights into the department and themselves.

Leadership, self-confidence and teamwork will be the lessons of the day when the teens spend time at the Parke School.

When they are at the police academy, they’ll role play crime scenes. This is when the teens are pushed to think, investigate and interview crime victims and suspects. They soon realize this isn’t CSI.

The week is exciting and educational. It is time well spent with officers and others in the department. For those thinking about a career in law enforcement and criminal justice, this is a great start.

Revised June 27, 2017