Eau Claire Junior Police Academy shows support to founder

Eau Claire (WQOW) — The Eau Claire Police Department’s Junior Police Academy is learning about more than what it take to be an officer.

Organizers describe the Junior Police Academy as an opportunity for the department to bring young people in and teach them what it’s like to be an officer, along with being good citizens. The junior police learn from a variety of officers, like detectives and even K-9 handlers. The participants get hands-on experiences throughout the academy in hopes of getting them more interested in the field. 

"I just think that it would be cool to see some things that some of the community can’t see," said Alivya Eckman, a participant in the academy. "I think everything was really my favorite, there was really no boring part at all."

The academy’s creator, Lt. Ben Fredrick, is currently being treated for colon cancer, so the academy put together a video to show their support for Fredrick, something the organizers say was necessary. 

"We want everyone in the class to understand that there are certain things in life that are much bigger than any of us and we need to pull together and fight through things together as a family, as team," said Sgt. Andy Wise, of the Eau Claire Police Dept. "So, I think that was a lesson that we weren’t expecting to teach the youth, but certainly the opportunity came up and it was the right thing to do."

Friday was the last day for this Junior Police Academy session, but another will start in late July. For more information on the academy, click here.

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