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Kids Get Hands On Experience at Youth Police Academy

"It's a great opportunity for the children of our community to come and participate with the police department," said Colonel Thomas Leddwell, Frederick Police Department.

FREDERICK, Md. - About 50 young officers in training got the chance to see what it's like to be a real police officer at the 12th annual Youth Police Academy.

Sponsored by the Frederick Police Department, the children learned the in's and out's of the Special Response Team, how to handle equipment, how to stay on the job, and what it feels like to be in a police vehicle.

"It's a great opportunity for the children of our community to come and participate with the police department," said Colonel Thomas Leddwell, Frederick Police Department. "It's a positive bonding experience between the children and the officers, and they get to do fun things and learn what the police department does."

"I learned that assault shields are heavy and you have to squat down on them, and I also know that the first person that can bust down the door always has them and the rest of the squad is behind them," said Noah Matthews, student.

They also saw how police K-9 Dak apprehends the bad guy.

The academy is for kids ages seven to 14, and for some it gave them a glimpse into what they hope to be their future career.

"I want to become a police officer on a SWAT team," said Matthews.

"Yes, I want to be a SWAT dog handler," said Lucas Matthews.

The students also got to run an obstacle course designed for officers in training. The academy continues until Wednesday, July 2 with a different group of students each day.

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