The purpose of the program was to give students insight into police work and to familiarize cadets with actual police cadet training, said Captain Doug Rowell, JPA director and Poplarville police officer.
The cadets, who ranged from 8th through 12th grade, participated in physical training, marching, class assignments, and presentations.
"We want our young people to see law enforcement officers as leaders who create a safe, crime-free environment for the community," said Rowell
The Academy program was open county-wide this year, Rowell
said, with 13 of the cadets from Poplarville and 13 from Picayune
, but next year would explore widening participation a little bit.He
said the program should be able to handle twice as many cadets because he
had such good response on assistance.
"These 26 cadets were challenged and tested both physically and mentally," said Rowell