LPSO holds Youth Cadet Academy

By Kylie Neel

Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office offered a Youth Cadet Academy, whose participants engaged in multiple events that helped them grow as they enter high school. These students were introduced to various aspects of law enforcement, teaching them that life is not always “peaches and cream.”

The cadets were also introduced to different aspects of law enforcement including traffic stops, firearms, crime scene investigations, interviewing techniques and mock trials.

LPSO Sergeant Irish Winston said participants between 11 to 14 years old were involved with getting to understand the various acts of law enforcement and participated in communicating with one another.

“We began this program last year, and this is the second time doing it for LPSO,” Winston said.

LPSO reaches out to educational schools in the surrounding areas, asking the school counselors what students would be interested in learning about law enforcement.

“They learned the overview of what law enforcement entails, how to investigate the crimes and communicate,” Winston said. “We even staged a burglary scene and had the children play the role of the victim and the responding officer as well as the investigator.”

The new LPSO shooting range was also a perk in the teenagers being involved. They were taught firearm safety and how to handle a proper firearm. 

“We had 15 kids in the first session and this year was an even better turnout,” Winston said.

With the team building skills and communication, Winston expects there to be quite a few more of this next year. Next year they expect one to two more sessions starting at the end of the school year next year in 2023.


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