For the past several years, GRPD has committed a significant amount of time and resources into building relationships with our youth. This year, we took on the added responsibility of hosting not just one, but TWO Youth Police Academies.
YPA 09-1 was held June 8th - 12th with the second session held July 6th - 10th. This one week experience is a condensed yet comprehensive look into the profession. Our hope is to not only educate but also hopefully motivate the attendees to consider this honorable career.
Our Recruiting Officer Jason Gady was the Coordinator and Lead Instructor. He spent the entire week with the Recruits and guided them through many areas of police work such as Physical Training, Use of Force procedures and applications, Ethics, Traffic Stops and Firearms - to name just a few. These segments were taught by GRPD Training Instructors each of them experts in their field.
We would like to thank the Recruits for their energy, interest and fantastic attitudes! We had so much fun! Thanks also to all the Officers who allowed us to borrow their equipment so we could outfit the Recruits with gunbelts, all the Instructors, and those who assisted in making sure lunches were on time.
Lunch was a "big deal" here. After an hour of PT in the morning, the Recruits really looked forward to a good meal. We want to THANK the following lunch sponsors who graciously donated all the food for our YPA Recruits:
Adobe, Buffalo Wild Wings (BW3), Dog Pit, El Sombrero, Grand Rapids Pizza & Delivery, Peppinos, Sandmans, Subway - West Fulton location.
Please support these businesses - in these difficult times, they still recognized the need to support our young people!!!