COLUMBUS — Local teen Stephen Garret, of West Alexandria, completed training recently for the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Junior Cadet Program held June 28 through July 2, at the Highway Patrol Training Academy in Columbus.
Garrett was one of 36 Junior Cadet participants selected from applications by young men and women who attended Buckeyes Boys and Girls State earlier in the month of June, exhibited exemplary performance throughout the previous school year, or eligible children of Patrol employees, who will be high school seniors this year.
The Junior Cadet Program is designed to give young people better insight into the challenges face by law enforcement officer by enabling them to experience a typical week at the Training Academy. To enhance their learning experience, Junior Cadets are required to stay at the Training Academy, sleeping in the dormitories and dinning in the cafeteria. While at the Academy, they gain knowledge from Patrol Academy staff regarding crash investigation, officer/violator contacts, self-defense tactics, K-9 operation, building searchers, motorcycle operations, impaired driver apprehension and military drill.
Colonel Paul A. Pride, Superintendent, presented graduation certificates to the young men and women who participated in the Junior Cadet Program at the ceremony held today at the Training Academy. Family and friends of the cadets were also in attendance.