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Abbotsford academy tests junior 'police officers'

About 15 students in Grades 11 and 12 will participate in the Abbotsford Police Department’s Junior Police Academy (JPA) from March 10 to 16.

Const. Ian MacDonald said the selected students went through a “rigorous and very competitive” application process involving an application package, resume, fitness test, interviews and background checks.

The students are each currently being offered a ride-along to prepare them for an intense and demanding week of activities, MacDonald said.

During the JPA, the students will deal with several simulated situations as “police officers” testing their abilities and their resolve. They will also receive instruction in firearms and self-defence.

“Students will constantly be required to demonstrate that they possess the skills and abilities necessary to be a police officer,” MacDonald said.

The academy is supported by the Kiwanis Club, the Abbotsford Fish and Game Club, and the Abbotsford school district.

Application information for the 2013 JPA will be posted on the APD website (abbypd.ca) in November.

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