The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin will sponsor a Law Enforcement Career Academy open to Wisconsin students between their Junior and Senior years of High School.
Similar in structure to American Legion Boys State, the program will provide first-hand experiences and insight into the operations of law enforcement agencies. The program also affords highly motivated young people an opportunity to consider law enforcement as a potential career choice. Recruitment of high school students, both male and female, representing all communities and backgrounds in Wisconsin, is one goal of the program.
The American Legion is particularly interested in outreach to urban communities to better educate and influence young people about the role of law enforcement officers have in their communities. Once participants have been selected to attend the program, active and retired members of the law enforcement community will present a program that instills an understanding and respect for law enforcement professionals and their techniques.
The program is available to all high school students who have completed their Junior year of high school and are in good academic standing. They should be of good moral character and possess a desire to learn more about the law enforcement profession. Their high school should recommend students who meet these qualifications.
Curriculum and duration:
The programs will offer physical fitness training coupled with classroom instruction and hands-on training. Topics of instruction include criminal law, patrol procedures, criminal investigation procedures, traffic crash investigation, evidence gathering techniques, arrest techniques, taking fingerprints, testifying in court, public speaking, leadership skills, report writing, interviewing techniques, crisis intervention, use of control and firearms training. The program will be conducted June 19-23, 2017 at Fort McCoy, WI.