Georgetown Junior Police Academy pushes cadets physically and mentally
GEORGETOWN, Del. – Twenty students are participating in the Georgetown Junior Police Academy this week. Of course they’re training physically but they’re also being challenged mentally.
“We don’t really care what profession they choose but we want these core values to be instilled in them and hopefully they carry them throughout their lives,” says Detective Joey Melvin with the Georgetown Police Department.
The Georgetown Junior Police Academy kicked off on Monday. For the fifth year, students are getting a glimpse into a career in law enforcement and that includes the hard topics. “Like when you go out of your house and you don’t know what’s going to happen the next time you stop somebody,” says Turray Jones, a cadet in the academy.
Of course the cadets are being physically challenged but perhaps more importantly, their mental strength is being pushed. One of the assigned reading materials this year is Sussex County native Bryan Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy, which involves some complex topics like criminal justice reform and police brutality. “We are very transparent as to why that climate may be, things that we do and help them build an appreciation not only for the law-enforcement aspect but the other side as well,” says Melvin.
Between the academy’s motivational speakers, assigned reading and group discussions the cadets say the takeaways are already pretty clear. “Always having integrity and basically not judging anyone for who they are,” says Arina Varrato, a cadet in the academy.
“It doesn’t matter where you come from, you can be whatever you want. Just work for it and it will always happen,” says Jones.