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Peekskill Police Youth Academy Starts Monday

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. — The 10th Annual Peekskill Youth Police Academy begins Monday.

Cadets meet in front of the Field Library next to the Peekskill Police Station at 9:15 a.m. for a day full of fun and educational activities.

Since 2003, more than 200 city youths have attended the two-week free program, during which they see what a day in the life of a police officer is like.

Cadets are taught by Peekskill police officers and get to experience simulated car stops, building searches and DWI stops and visit with the Newburgh marine patrol, state police K-9 patrol, New York National Guard at Stewart Airport and the New York City Police Museum.

Each year, the academy also teams up with the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Madden Center in Kent to participate in a challenge course where they learn how to problem-solve through communication, collaboration and cooperation. The cadets bond quickly and work together as a team – an essential component of police survival.

This year, the cadets will celebrate the program's 10th year with a closing ceremony scheduled for the afternoon of Aug. 10.

Sponsors for the program through the years have included Entergy, Wheelabrator of Westchester, Dominos Pizza of Cortlandt Manor and Piazza Roma Restaurant of Mohegan Lake.

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