Dozens of young Nebraska men and women will experience what it takes to become a law enforcement officer when they participate in the American Legion Junior Law Cadet program.
The cadets will spend a week at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center/Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island.
In its 47th year, the week-long academy follows a strict itinerary providing the cadets with firsthand knowledge of what is required to become a law enforcement officer in Nebraska. The participants begin each day at 6:15 a.m. with physical fitness training followed by a flag raising ceremony.
The 37 young women will attend the academy next week while the 40 young men participate June 16th-20th. During their stay, the cadets will receive hands-on experiences including defensive tactics, vehicle operations and patrolling, firearms and fingerprinting.
American Legion Posts from across the state nominated the cadets, who were then selected by school district. Participants were selected based on worthy character, interest in law enforcement, evidence of self-discipline and the ability to share the knowledge gained with others.
A graduation ceremony will be held on the final Friday each week.