Junior Zach Evans spent a week during his summer being a cadet in the seventh annual Youth Police Academy. In partnership with the Vestal Police Department, Vestal High School offered its academy July 9 – July 20, which was open to UEHS students as well.
The academy is a leadership-focused educational program for students in grades 9 - 12.
Cadets began each day with physical fitness training and workshops, including active listening, defensive training, drug and alcohol prevention, first aid, team-building and more. In addition to instruction by officers from the Vestal Police Department, there were demonstrations by SWAT, CSI, K9 and other trainers.
Sessions included demonstrations by K9 and SWAT units, self-defense training and tactics, fire and emergency first aid tips and training and DEC presentations.
This year’s academy was again coordinated by Vestal Central Schools’ SRO Conor Talbut and, as in the past, supported by BAE Systems, Inc.