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Cedar Rapids Police Offer Youth Police Academy

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (KGAN) -- They say a picture is worth a thousand words and judging from the smiles on these faces there are some really happy children in the Corridor.

"It's fun," says Medow.

What's fun is the Cedar Rapids Police Youth Academy. The program is held every summer and police officers in charge of the academy are looking for the next group of young recruits.

"Kids are very excited, they come in early and a lot of times they want to stay later," says Officer Shannon Stokesberry.

Police use the youth academy to bridge the gap and to strengthen an officers relationship with the city's youngest residents.  
"There are a lot of little kids that are interested in being police officers and want to learn more about the job," Stokesberry said.

They do everything from learning about fingerprints.  
"We put it on a piece of paper , we did each finger," says Devin.

The small group interviewed by CBS 2 News were a part of last summers class. Reporter Kelsey Minor asked about their favorite part and they all gave the same answer.  

"We got to meet the police dog," says Devin.  

"We saw a police dog," says Cayden.  

"When I saw the dog," says Medow.

The drug sniffing dog was a hit but the kids and their parents realize there's a lot more to this academy.

"An overall appreciation of what the police officers do in this community," says Chris.

The academy happens each summer in June and you still have time to sign up. Contact Officer Shannon Stokesberry at the Cedar Rapids Police Department.  

Cedar Rapids Police Offer Youth Police Academy

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