LYONS — The Wayne County sheriff’s office has completed its 2019 Teen Academy, and 14 students from schools throughout the county were part of it.
Students from Newark, Sodus, Wayne, Marion, Williamson, North Rose-Wolcott, and Clyde-Savannah school district attended the June 24-28 class. They ranged from freshmen to seniors.
Lt. Steve Sklenar said the sheriff’s office developed the curriculum by working closely with the schools. Students completed a 40-hour shadow/internship in a career they are interested in pursuing.
“Students were kept to a tight schedule, which concentrated in hands-on activities and subjects of importance in law enforcement rather than a typical classroom setting,” Sklenar said.
• Careers in corrections (jail operations).
• Jail tours, which included discussions with active corrections officers.
• Making the right choices and how that affects a career.
• Spending time with K-9 officers, seeing the dogs performing tasks and learning what training and funding is required for the program.
• Patrol functions — getting to explore the patrol vehicle, sitting in traffic, estimating speeds and verifying the estimation on radar.
• Understanding the function and importance of seat belts, and riding the seat belt “convincer.”
• Experience what driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired by drugs is like through special goggles, and performing functions while wearing them.
• Scuba and marine patrol operations, with a field trip to Sodus Bay. Students used techniques with the divers to find items underwater, using specialized equipment such as sonar and a remotely operated (underwater) vehicle.
• Crime scenes, evidence collection and documentation.
• Collision reconstruction and calculating speed from tire marks.
• Firearms, understanding firearm safety and the use of force.
• SWAT operations, with numerous equipment demonstrations.
• Building searches for suspects.
• Interacting with students completing the basic police academy, to understand their experiences.