Oscoda Township Police Department is hosting a Junior Police Academy for children ages 9–15. The academy will be similar to that of an adult police academy, with its use of “MCOLES” standards. The academy will run from August 22 until August 24. Kids are sure to enjoy this educational experience.
“The academy is going to tour the Iosco County Jail. I partnered with Sheriff Frank,” said Rob Clink, Oscoda Townships Community Resource Officer. “We are going to do crime scenes and traffic stops. We are also going to do a bunch of different stuff with the Fire Department and get kids interested in law enforcement.” The academy is a great way for children to learn about law enforcement. It will also help get them excited about their future career goals. “The classroom work will have hands on stuff,” Rob Clink said. “P.T. in the back yard, testing on the phonetic alphabet and traffic stops for the kids.” The Junior Police Academy helps kids get focused, become motivated and become inspired to take education seriously, so they can become who they want to be when they grow up.
“Next year we will have numerous police academies throughout the year they will be two weeks long for the kids,” said Rob Clink. MCOLES, has requirements for students to pass the standard police academy. The MCOLES standards will be slightly modified for the kids who participate in the Junior Police Academy. “For women they do 7 pushup’s 36 sit-ups in a minute. Males do 32 pushups and 34 sit-ups,” said Rob Clink. “So, I am going to ween the requirements down a little bit for the kids.”
The Oscoda Township Police Department is accepting applications for the Junior Police Academy. Anyone who has questions about the academy can contact Officer Rob Clink at 989-260-2871