Junior Law Enforcement Academy in Anniston
High School Juniors and Seniors from 8 area schools gathered for law enforcement training this week. The Junior Law Enforcement Academy has been taking place for 5 years and is a joint effort between the Anniston Police Department and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. The students have real hands on police training in the areas of traffic stops, building clearings, domestic violence situations, firearms, investigations, and first aid. Today, the students were at the Center for Domestic Preparedness for active shooter and first responders training. Chase Heindel, an academy student from Alexandria High School, says that his dad is a big part of his motivation to work in law enforcement. According to academy instructors, the training scenarios the students are placed in teach them to communicate within teams. They add that the practical tactics the academy students are learning in training will prepare them to face dangerous situations in the real world. Kendra Miranda, a 12th Grader from Weaver High School says she wants to go into criminal justice. Miranda says the academy is a place to develop the skills that will help her with a career in law enforcement.
Funding for the program is made possible through a grant from the Anniston Police Outreach Fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama.