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Kayla Woodmancy of Grant joined dozens of young men and women experiencing what it takes to become a law enforcement officer by participating in the American Legion Junior Law Cadet program. The cadets spend a week at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center/Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy (NLETC/NSPTA), 3600 Academy Road in Grand Island.
In its 47th year, the week-long academy follows a strict itinerary providing the cadets with firsthand knowledge of what is required to become a law enforcement officer in Nebraska. The participants began each day at 6:15 a.m., with physical fitness training, followed by a flag raising ceremony.
The 37 young women cadets are attending the Jr. Law Academy the week of June 9-13, while 40 male cadets participate the following week, June 16-20. During their stay, the cadets receive hands-on experiences to include defensive tactics, vehicle operations and patrolling, firearms, and fingerprinting.
American Legion Posts from across the state nominated the cadets, who were then selected by district. Participants were selected based on worthy character, interest in law enforcement, evidence of self-discipline and the ability to share the knowledge gained with others.
The American Legion and the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) originated the Junior Law Cadet program in Nebraska. The program has since been used as a model in many other states.
A graduation ceremony was set for the final Friday of each week at the NLETC/NSPTA.