ORPD hosting 5th Annual Police Academy this summer

Oak Ridge Junior Police Academy students at the Law Enforcement Innovation Center in 2012. (Submitted photo)
Oak Ridge Junior Police Academy students at the Law Enforcement Innovation Center in 2012. (Submitted photo)

The Oak Ridge Police Department will once again host the Junior Police Academy this summer. The 5th Annual Junior Police Academy will be offered to 5th – 12th grade students including private school and home-schooled students. Students interested in learning more about the Oak Ridge Police Department and the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply. The academy is free to all eligible applicants.

The Junior Police Academy will be offered in three phases this year:

• Phase I – Basic Law Enforcement Awareness – will be held June 20-24 and is for first-year cadets only.

• Phase II – Intro to Forensic Investigations – will be held June 27-July 1 and is for second-year cadets only.

• Phase III – Emergency Response and Readiness – will be held July 18-22 and is for third-year cadets only.

All academy classes will be held 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Roane State Community College, Oak Ridge Branch, in Goff Building, Room 215. Classes are limited to 15 students each. Additional students will be placed on a stand-by list. All cadets will be issued an academy t-shirt and a cadet handbook.

Presentations will be given by Oak Ridge police officers on K9 and SWAT operations, traffic enforcement, crime scene processing, and much more. A presentation about substance abuse awareness and education will be given by the Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention. Cadets will also visit and tour the University of Tennessee’s prestigious Law Enforcement Innovation Center, the Anderson County Detention Facility, the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter, and the Oak Ridge Police Department.

Interested students may pick up an application at the Oak Ridge Police Department Records Section at 200 S. Tulane Ave. Applications will also be available online at the City of Oak Ridge website (www.oakridgetn.gov) and links provided on the ORPD Facebook page and the ORPD Twitter feed (@OakRidgePolice). Applications must be returned to the Oak Ridge Police Department Records Section or mailed to: ORPD Junior Police Academy, Attn: Officer Brandan Sharp, P.O. Box 1, Oak Ridge, TN, 37831-0001. All applications must be received or postmarked by June 1.

Contact: Officer Brandan Sharp, Oak Ridge Police Department, (865) 556-6696.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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