LIHUE — Twelve students graduated from the Kauai Police Department’s inaugural Junior Police Academy class Friday at a ceremony held in the Kauai Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Operations Center.
“Investing in our youth today, means a brighter future for tomorrow,” said KPD Deputy Chief Michael Contrades, addressing the graduates Friday. “To our graduates, we hope that you enjoyed your time learning more about your Kauai Police Department. We strived to provide you with an insight of police work to spark a deeper interest and understanding of those who work in law enforcement.”
The graduates, in grades nine through 12, were honored with lei and certificates marking completion of the eight-day training program that ended Jan. 5. They are William Andres, Ayden Bernardino, Jesse Cardenas, Micah Guillermo, Jessica Herman, Bryan Ingeniero, Jack Machorek, Mandie Manuel, Dylan Martin-Lazaro, Krystah Morita, Carla Mae Satumba and Brant Tanaka.
KPD’s Junior Police Academy is a new program under the Kauai Police Activities League (K-PAL) designed to introduce students to police operations and law-enforcement functions through both classroom and field instruction. The curriculum includes instruction on the criminal justice system, crime scene investigations, first aid, CPR and AED, basic evidence recovery, ocean safety techniques, active threat response and more.
The program is free and serves as an introductory course to KPD’s Explorer Program, which provides young people ages 14 through 20 an opportunity to explore careers in law enforcement.