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Police Teach Kids in Academy

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Police officers often operate on the motto "to protect and serve," but on Tuesday, the service part of that creed took the form of an education for some Corridor kids who might be looking for a future career.

The first annual Iowa City Youth Policy Academy is taking place all this week, teaching local teenagers about every aspect of police work, from the gear to the explosives to the forensics.

Officers say, if they inspire some students toward a career in law enforcement, that's great, but what they want most is to change some perceptions.

"It's a method to connect. We're trying to build some bridges in our community, open the lines of communication. If the kids will ask questions to the police officer on the street, maybe the grownups will, too," said ICPD crime prevention officer R.A. Mebus.

The program is funded by the city of Iowa City, and the police department hopes to continue the event next year.
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