High school students attend weeklong ‘police academy’

Students participate in the Metro High School Police Academy. (June 12, 2015)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several West Michigan high school students are spending the first week of summer break training for their future.

About 30 students are taking part in the 22nd annual Metro High School Police Academy.

The students get a 50-hour, hands-on introduction to what they would learn at a real police academy, including classes in patrol operations, criminal investigations, community policing and physical training.

“They get kind of an idea to see if this is something that they want to do, or, ‘Hey, maybe this isn’t quite what I thought it was,'” Wyoming Department of Public Safety Lt. Mark Easterly said. “A lot of times it will peak their interest and go, ‘Yeah, I really want to continue to pursue this as a career.'”

The program is backed by the police departments in East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming, as well as the Grand Valley Department of Public Safety, Michigan State Police Rockford Post, Kent County Sheriff’s office and Grand Rapids Community College Department of Public Safety.