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Posted on: March 28, 2017

Liberty Police Department accepting applications for Junior Police Academy

The Liberty Police Department is now accepting applications for its third annual Junior Police Academy. Students currently in the 7th or 8th grade within the Liberty School District or enrolled at St. James School are eligible to apply. 

The goal of the program is to motivate young people to be outstanding citizens and to empower them to act as a positive influence in our community. The Academy also helps to foster relationships that will bridge the gaps between law enforcement and youth while also exposing them to future careers in their community.

The Academy blends classroom learning with hands on activities to expose Junior Cadets to a variety of topics including: 

  • Fitness
  • Patrol tactics
  • Criminal investigations
  • Traffic safety
  • Self-defense 
  • SWAT techniques

Officers Kyle Hamline and Rob Bratcher, who serve as School Resource Officers in Liberty middle schools, are the instructors for the Academy. 

Pick up an application for the Junior Police Academy at the front office of any of the following schools: Liberty Middle School, Discovery Middle School, Heritage Middle School and South Valley Middle School. There are a limited number of openings and the application process is competitive. The application is available online at

The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017. To be considered, all forms from the application must be completed, including two recommendations, signed releases and waivers, and a short essay. Return completed applications to the front desk at Liberty Middle School, Discovery Middle School, Heritage Middle School or South Valley Middle School, or to the Police Dispatch window on the first floor of Liberty City Hall, 101 E. Kansas St.

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