Letter: Youth Law Enforcement Academy deserves praise

Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins and members of his office hosted the Annual Youth Law Enforcement Academy, which attracted students from EVHS and CCHS, as well as Culpeper home-schooled students. The academy ran from July 13 to 17, 2015, with different areas of law enforcement programs each day. Each session was taught by Culpeper County Sheriffâ??s Office deputies. The Youth Academy is structured so that students can have an opportunity to experience some of the training, procedures, and technology that are utilized by CCSO. Daily classes consisted of hands-on activities in criminal investigations, evidence recovery, patrol practices, defensive tactics, and firearms. The participants received demonstrations from CCSO specialized units, such as the K-9 unit, Motor Squad, and SWAT team. The participants took field trips to Culpeper County Jail, a firearms range, Culpeper E-911 Communications Center, Culpeper County Courthouse, and other law enforcement-related locations.

This yearâ??s Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins Youth Academy was the largest since its inception with 17 students attending. CCSO would like to extend a special thank you to George Bowles of Perfect Imaging for donating the studentâ??s uniform shirts and to Luigi Castiglia of Luigi’s Italian Restaurant for providing a pre-graduation lunch to the students and their families.

Sgt. Joe Curtis
Culpeper County Sheriffâ??s Office
School Resource Officer
Culpeper High School