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Newton Police Cadets Attend Academy Week

NEWTON, NC (Aug. 8, 2018)—Members of the Newton Police Department Cadet Program recently took part in the North Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Academy Week at the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg.

Cadets in attendance included Alexis Chambers, Tyler Church, John Cilley, Ben Lancaster, Peter Melnyk, Josh Talbert. Master Officer Patrick Evans and Master Officer Dylan Scism attended as advisors and participated as instructors at the academy.

Cadets began each day standing in formation at 5:30 a.m. and completing physical training, followed by flag call, breakfast, and classroom instruction. Classroom instruction included various topics such as court room testimony, public speaking, constitutional law, riot control, crime scene collection, building searches, and patrol techniques. Lectures were broken up with real-life practical exercises and demonstrations.

After each busy day of instruction and training, cadets prepared for room inspection before going to bed at 11 p.m.

By the end of the week, Newton’s cadets were honored with two of the three awards presented to cadets from across North Carolina and South Carolina. Lancaster received the top academic award for the academy’s advanced class. Melnyk received the academy’s best-all-around award. In addition, Cadet Lt. Church was unanimously elected by advisors from all participating agencies to be the commander of the senior cadet leadership.

Newton’s cadets and advisors attended Academy Week from June 24-29. The Newton Cadet Program is part of the North Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors. Since the Newton Police Department’s program began in 2016, the department has won two of the academy’s three major awards each year.

“The Newton Cadet Program provides youth in our community with an excellent opportunity to get a firsthand look at what it’s like to be a police officer,” Newton Police Chief Don Brown said. “Law enforcement is a highly rewarding career, but it is often very demanding. By spending a week at the academy, cadets are able to gain experience that allows them to be better informed when making important decisions about their future.”

The Newton Police Department is currently accepting applications to the Cadet Program. The program is open to anyone age 14-20 who may be interested in a career in law enforcement. For more information about the program, please contact Master Officer Evans or Master Officer Scism at 828-465-7430. Officers will also be in the local middle and high schools early this fall to sign up new cadets.
Newton Police Department Cadet ProgramMembers of the Newton Police Department Cadet Program recently attended Academy Week at the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg. Pictured, from left, are Peter Melnyk, John Cilley, Tyler Church, Alexis Chambers, Josh Talbert, and Ben Lancaster.